Week 3 Update for 2021 Pepper Season

March 16, 2021 | Article Topics:

Not much has happened in the two weeks since my last update. Aside from some outside prep work on some new landscaping and what little the current weather allows, most of the action has been with the seedlings. Of the 49 varieties that I started for the season, all but nine of them germinated to some degree. For some of those failures, it was to be expected – this is their third opportunity to germinate and be added to the grow list.

pepper seedlings

As you can see above, those that have popped through the vermiculite has done some serious growing. They have also been weeded down to just the best looking (largest, in some cases) of their variety to just a single plant and repotted. This is always a nervy moment for me – gently digging out the plant and re-centering it within the same pot without hurting the root system. I should probably come up with a different process next year. Maybe sowing multiple seeds in the center…. anyways.

Here is the final list of the varieties that will, hopefully, be heading out the door when the time comes:

  • 7 Pot Nebru
  • 7JPN
  • Aji Benito
  • Aji Chombo
  • Aji Mochero
  • BBG7 Dream
  • Bhut Jolokia Assam
  • Blue Christmas
  • Brazilian Starfish
  • Brown Rocoto
  • BTR Scorpion
  • Buena Mulata
  • Chocolate Ghost WHP
  • Chupetinho White
  • Comstock Purple
  • Ecuadorian Red Pepper for Hell
  • Fatalii
  • Hatch
  • NuMex Jalmundo
  • Lava Scorpion
  • Mako Akokosrade
  • Naga Smooky Rainbow
  • Naglah Beast (red)
  • Naglah Brown
  • PBJ x Neyde
  • Peppapeach
  • Pimenta Moranga Peach Cross
  • Pink Tiger
  • Sherwood’s Carboruga Yellow
  • Solid Gold Bhut Jolokia
  • Sugar Rush Cream
  • Sweet Orange
  • Testanera
  • Thai Dragon
  • Thunder Cacho Brown
  • Tshololo Pepper

So, now we just keep them watered and under the grow lights for the next 7-8 weeks until the night time temperatures are more amenable to pepper plants. Until next time. Happy growing!