It’s now been just over five weeks since the plants made their way outside. In all honesty, however, it feels like twice that length of time – the amount of rain and cold, cloudy weather we’ve had has seemed to make the season feel as though it is dragging. There are bright days, of course, that break up that monotony. Otherwise the plants wouldn’t look as surprisingly good as they do as of this morning.

Self-watering Buckets

Let’s start with the self-watering buckets. The plants here are still the best looking of the bunch. That said, the raised beds are certainly starting to catch up to them in terms of size and overall health. I believe, all of the bucketed pepper plants are, at the very least, budding. There are a few with open blossoms and even the CGN 21500 that’s got a tiny little fruit on it.

pepper plants

Raised Beds

Looking back at the last update on the site and comparing the photos from then to now, the raised bed plants have probably doubled, if not tripled, in size in that short time. All 24 plants in the three beds look good and all but one have buds on them. The Pink Tiger x Peach Bhut cross is the slacker of this group.

The plants in the lower heat spectrum are dominating the blossom and fruiting race with the Craig’s Grande Jalapeno and hatch plants sporting the most of all the plants combined.

pepper plants
pepper plants

After a very slow start, all the chocolate varieties are finally budding and blossoming. The Chocolate Reaper and Chocolate Primo plants were the last to finally start forming buds just the past couple of days while the Chocolate Ghost Jami and Chocolate Bhutlah and the leaders of this sub set.

pepper plants

With all the progress that the plants are starting to make, none of them have been as prolific in blossoming, or as good looking as the potted Mini Olive Rocoto. I could just be enamored with the plant since it’s my first time growing, but it just looks amazing – covered with rich, purple blossoms.

pepper plants

Till the next update. Happy growing!