For me, week three of any pepper season is the most nerve wracking. This is the time I either up-pot or split up multiple seedlings from a single pot into a couple. I hate seeing their little root systems out of the dirt while they are moved from one pot to the other.

list of peppers to keep

It’s also the time of year when I have to say goodbye to those seedlings not deemed big enough or far enough along in their development to continue their journey. The above photo sees a quickly scrawled list of plants to keep and the number that I’m interested in maintaining for the next 8-9 months. It’s always a hard decision to make especially when I’m unable to find suitable homes for some of the plants with friends or family members to care for.

As for the 43 plants that have been approved to move forward with the season, all but two are looking good. The Pimenta Puma wasn’t touched during this process as it had just popped through the dirt a day or two before the re-potting. It really hasn’t grown all that much since it’s initial emergence. The second plant that doesn’t look great is a Melon Rocoto. It’s size is on par with most of the other seedlings as this point, but its development isn’t quite the same.

The next couple of weeks will tell how the re-potting went and hopefully everything keeps moving along nicely.

re-potted pepper seedlings