Outdoor Peppers 2010

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Transplated out my first peppers yesterday - 2 mini red stuffing peppers (I think), 6 weeks old. These were saved seeds from a variety that grew well in the Aerogarden Deluxe - I didn't want the seeds to get too old before saving them again.

6 week mini red stuffing peppers transplanted out. Hardening peppers, gift tomatoes, an eggplant. 

I have 3 more pepper plants (mohawk, lipstick, and carmen) that just started hardening. The carmen might be a gift - undecided. This week is forecast to be great weather. Next week, rather colder, and these three are developing buds, so... may wait another couple weeks before transplanting out.

20100721: started another carmen pepper plant in AG - it will finish indoors. Tried one earlier, but the 2-year-old seeds just weren't viable anymore.

20100821: 4.5 weeks, baby carmen pepper transplanted to self-watering flowerpot

Harvests:

carmen pepper: 24 (first green at 14 weeks, with BER, first red at 19 weeks) - retired at 32 weeks

lipstick pepper: 4 (first green at 14 weeks, first red at 17.5 weeks) - plant removed at 18 weeks

2 mini stuffing peppers: 225 (first green at 14 weeks, not ready to eat; first red at 16.5 weeks) - retired at 32 weeks

mohawk: 9 (first green at 14 weeks, not ready to eat, first orange at 15.5 weeks) - removed at 18 weeks, yuck flavor

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Farewell, peppers. Can't say

Farewell, peppers. Can't say I miss them yet. Because I harvested sixty-two of them on Sunday, including 7 from the indoor carmen... No, not expecting to miss them soon at all... Season total: 262 peppers. That's not including the indoor carmen that yielded in May and June. Or the indoor carmen yielding starting in October. Actually, 225 of them came from the two little mini bell plants.

32 week mini-bells - The End. Harvested last 51 peppers (none fully ripe, many not ready at all), and discarded plants before first freeze. 

Disappointed as I was to get so few red carmen peppers this summer... getting tired of peppers.

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Picked 30 peppers green this

Picked 30 peppers green this week, in hope that it might help ripen the other half or so left on the plants. 25 mini bells, 5 outdoor carmens, plus another 4 from the indoor carmen. Lotta peppers... Tried an experiment, seeing if one part-ripened mini bell ripened any faster indoors than on the plant. It didn't. Carmens do, though, once the pepper is  partway red.

31 week carmen pepper - picked half the remaining fruit green 31 week mini bells - picked 25 peppers green to help it ripen more - lots remain mostl of this week's green pepper harvest (9 carmen, 25 mini bell) 

Roasted most of the peppers in the oven. Although they roast well enough in the microwave. Roasting lets their skins slip off, cuts the bitter bell flavor, and brings out their sweetness. Though these carmens still had very thin walls for that - too young.

 

 

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Another 3 picked (1 carmen, 2

Another 3 picked (1 carmen, 2 minis).

30 week carmen pepper 30 week mini stuffing peppers 

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Pepper ripening has slowed

Pepper ripening has slowed way down as temperatures cool. Still have gobs of mini stuffing peppers on the plants (50? 100?) but only 3 ripened this week. 10 left on carmen - one ripening. Overnight lows now into the 40's - time's almost up...

29 week mini stuffing pepeprs - ripening much more slowly as temperatures cool, but loaded with fruit 29 week carmen pepper, maybe 10 fruit left 

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10 more minis, no carmens.

10 more minis, no carmens. Younger carmen moved indoors to stay (diff topic).

28 week mini stuffing peppers - harvested 10 this week 28 week carmen pepper 

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3 more carmens, and 11 mini

3 more carmens, and 11 mini red stuffing peppers - they did need fertilizer, but also, it's been much warmer.

27 week mini red stuffing peppers 27 week mini red stuffing peppers - maybe a bee visited the carmen peppers first? cool! 27 week carmen pepper 10 week indoor/outdoor carmen pepper 

There are some pointy minis! These never grow pointy shaped. I'd love it if a bee cross-pollinated a few with the carmen! And hopefully not some jalapeño down the road. But - dunno that there will be enough heat to find out what becomes of them. When carmens catch a chill, some grow blocky like bells. Don't expect that would work in reverse, tho.

The indoor/outdoor pepper is still dropping fruit. Added some lime and Dynamite flower/veg fertilizer - hope it helps. It really needs more light soon, though. And probably the Knock-Out Gnats stuff, but I haven't gotten around to it. Excuse being that you're only supposed to use it indoors.

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Got 2 tiny ripe carmen

Got 2 tiny ripe carmen peppers, and zero mini red stuffing peppers this week. Tried some seaweed fertilizer and Miracle Gro on the mini peppers yesterday. Hopefully they'll get over their decline and ripen a few more. They have plenty of fruit of the proper size, and I've started plucking off all the buds, but... They may be done, even though they don't look done. It's in the 50's most nights now. (Baby pepper sleeps indoors if it's below 60.)

26 week mini red stuffing peppers - none harvested again this week, maybe done despite lots of fruit still not-ripening 26 week carmen pepper, ripening some. Picking off buds now, tho it wants to keep flowering. 9 week carmen pepper, flowering, not holding onto fruit yet. Indoor-outdoor plant atm. 

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Getting mighty cool for

Getting mighty cool for peppers.

25 week mini stuffing peppers - still blooming, but two of those red peppers were rotten 25 week carmen pepper, set new fruit, a couple starting to turn red. Uncrowded now. 8 week carmen pepper, flowering, maybe a fruit set, transplanted to final size pot 

The minis look alright, still flowering, lots of fruit on them, but the last two fruit I picked were rotten. Hopefully that was just caterpillars, but not sure. The elder carmen pepper has no competition anymore (except lettuces), and should ripen a few more. The young carmen pepper is flowering, set a fruit (might drop it), and moved to its adult pot. Will probably start bringing it in when the night is expected to fall below 60°F.

 

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Maybe I should pick off new

Maybe I should pick off new flower buds on these guys. The carmen is anything but overladen. And the mini peppers are still going great guns, and their peppers ripen faster. Still... there's only 3-6 weeks left of growing weather. Thoughts?

24 week mini stuffing peppers - harvesting, flowering 24 week carmen pepper, lots of flowers 7 week carmen pepper - still buds, no flowers 

The young carmen is to harvest indoors - too late for anything to ripen from that one.

 

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Never posted this week's

Never posted this week's pictures. Adult peppers very happy, all blooming. Getting kinda late for that... probably. Got a few carmens this week. It has about 6 past-baby fruit left on it to ripen, plus babies if it can hold onto them. The young carmen pepper has buds - pretty nice plant for its age.

23 week mini stuffing peppers, harvesting, and renewed flowering - little powerhouses 23 week carmen pepper, flowering... 6 week carmen pepper, with buds - thriving in bigger pot 

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