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Imagebitbit
May 6, 2011 7:05 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I've been growing bell, jalapeno, and cayenne peppers for a few years. This year's plants are out in the garden, and the biggest are almost a foot tall.

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But, I have a question... has anyone grown ghost peppers (Bhut Jolokia) before?

A coworker of my husband's gave us three tiny peppers, and I got about a dozen seeds out of them (actually out of one, the other two were seedless). I know it's not an ideal time of year to start pepper seeds, but well, I'm an impatient gardener. I have four of them in a moist paper towel now to germinate. I want to put the plants in containers so I can move them into my sunroom for the winter. I don't really expect fruit this year with such a late start, but I'd love it if I get some. Does this sound like an OK plan to the more experienced folks here?
ImagePatti1957
May 6, 2011 8:52 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
I grew them last year. They are very hot. Did your co-worker grow other peppers near it? If so they would probably be cross pollinated unless they bagged the blossoms to keep them from crossing.

It is still green in this picture, it ripened to orange.
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Imagebitbit
May 7, 2011 8:57 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I think they're the only pepper he has flowering/fruiting now, because he overwintered it indoors. Around here, the outdoor peppers are all still small. Hopefully that takes care of any cross-pollination risk.

I grow several varieties, so I'm going to need to learn to bag the flowers and hand-pollinate if I want to save seeds, I guess. Have you done that, or do you just buy seeds?

By the way, I put a couple drops of the infused vinegar in with some other hot sauce (homemade from last year's cayenne's), and it gave it an amazing flavor, as well as plenty of heat. I'm hooked!
ImageRetSgt
May 7, 2011 9:16 AM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Hello Bitbit,

Ghost peppers are very hot they are known as the hottest pepper there is . I too grow many types of peppers each year . Planting them in a pot big enough to support the root system is the key to growing them indoors and a successful plant . I keep a few different types growing indoors most of the time as my family loves them .

Here in Tennessee it gets cold but not as bad as it does in other places and mine do very well . I would plant them and grow them as much as I could till I had to move them indoors . You never know till you try ,you just might be able to get some peppers this year .
Try growing them in Miracle grow potting mix and watering them with the same mix to get them boosted and growing .

Sarge
Imagebitbit
May 7, 2011 9:28 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thanks Sarge! And welcome to the cubit!

I think I'm actually a bit warmer here than Tennessee. I know it's backwards since I'm north of you, but the ocean makes the climate a lot milder. I can usually get peppers until November or December, when we get our first frost. But I've never started any this late.

How big a container do you think it needs? I have 18 gallon tubs, and was thinking of putting two plants per tub. Does that seem too crowded?
ImagePatti1957
May 7, 2011 9:48 AM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
I over winter my peppers in 5 gallon buckets and that seems to work well for me. I grow mine in the ground and at the end of the season dig them up and bring them in. I have found that most peppers are easy to dig up, the roots are not real deep.
plantsANDpets
May 16, 2011 11:19 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
You mean pepper plants aren't annual??????

I heard a rumor somewhere that in order to get a pepper plant to produce prufusely, one should always pick the first pepper. Any truth to that? I perpetually get low yield. I've stopped even trying in containers, figuring more root room couldn't hurt.
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagebitbit
May 16, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Peppers can be grown for a couple years if they're protected from freezing. I'm not sure what the longest possible lifespan is, most people seem to only keep them for a second year.

I haven't heard of picking the first pepper specifically, but like with many veggies, keeping the mature fruits harvested regularly lets the plant devote energy to making more.

When you say you get low yield, where does the problem start? Does the plant put on enough foliage, flowers, baby fruits that don't mature? Do you grow them in full sun?

I stopped growing in containers due to water stress - they got too dried out in the sun. But they seemed not to be hurting for space, just water.
plantsANDpets
May 27, 2011 9:45 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
Not even enough flowers.
And I was growing in containers at the time.
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagebitbit
May 27, 2011 10:01 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
So you had good foliage? That can be due to too much nitrogen and not enough phosphorus. I'd also take a look at water stress - they'll wilt easily and let you know if there's too little water, but too much can also set them back. If you want to try containers again, I'd go for the self-watering type, and make sure to use a fertilizer that isn't too rich (compost tea, perhaps?). But growing them in the ground should help if it's a nutrient problem or a water issue.
plantsANDpets
May 28, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
I know I didn't underwater, but it's possible that, in my attempt to give them enough I gave them too much. I used Miracle Grow potting soil which, now that I think of it, might not have been the right NPK for peppers. I wanted potting soil for the TEXTURE.

This year I'll be lucky if I just get food planted early enough to produce for me.....

April and May were financially very skinny. Here's to JUNE!
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
plantsANDpets
Jun 9, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
ORANGE is my favorite of the bells.
I find it sweetest when raw and it's the only color that's not already IN most of what I cook with Bell Peppers. I use them with red tomatoes, yellow corn, and green onions/herbs. So the orange shows up in there.

Anybody else got a favorite?
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagebitbit
Jun 9, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I actually haven't grown orange before. I didn't have good luck with the yellow (may have just been the variety or the batch of seeds), and didn't like the flavor of the purple (too much like green, even when they were ripe), so I've settled on red. Raw green peppers are just about the only vegetable I don't like, but I love the red ones raw... go figure.
plantsANDpets
Jun 13, 2011 7:45 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
I'm ok with raw green ones, but they're my least favorite.
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagestormyla
Jul 15, 2011 5:05 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I've finally got some peppers turning red!! Hurray!
Imagebitbit
Jul 15, 2011 6:44 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thumbs up

I had one with a reddish cast last time I checked, I'm hoping I can harvest it this weekend. Waiting for bell peppers is always so difficult.
Imagestormyla
Jul 15, 2011 8:09 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
These ones that I have turning red are called Bell peppers but aren't shaped like Bell peppers. Will get a pix later and post it.
ImageCajuninKy
Jan 30, 2012 9:44 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I discovered a great sweet pepper called a mini sweet. It ripens to a cherry red and is sweet when eaten raw. I think bells are too strong to eat raw.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

Imagebitbit
Jan 30, 2012 10:14 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Cheryl, thanks for the recommendation Thumbs up I'm planning on trying some new small sweet peppers this year, in hopes that the plants will be a bit more prolific than my bells tend to be.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 1, 2012 10:04 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
The mini sweets did bear very well for me.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

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