Pepper Envy

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Back in March, I spoke about the the Ghost Chilies that I had planted. Like many peppers, these thrive best with a long, hot growing season. Unfortunately, this summer in Portland provided neither.

Now, chilies will grown in the Pacific Northwest. You just have to plant them early and protect them from the frost. Last year we had a bumper crop of Red Thai chilies. This summer was just strange. It was colder and wetter then normal. Our corn did horrible and the other peppers are just now starting to flower.

Despite the weather – I noticed that my ghosts do have a few fruit. However, they are only a few millimeters in length.

Remember that I gave many of the plants away? Well I just checked up with everyone. Nobodies peppers have done great, but they all have nearly full-size green fruit. Below is a comparison. On the left is the original photo from the New Mexico Pepper Institute, on the right is a photo my mother sent last week from her garden.

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One Response to “Pepper Envy”

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