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Old 02-26-2010, 08:08 PM
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Question Pepper plants!

I'm going to plant some peppers this year... Probably banana, bell, and jalapeno's.. What can I do now to be sure my plants produce? I'm needin' plenty of peppers for pepper jelly, and I'm honestly tired of trying to hunt some down or buying them. This year, I want to grow my own.

So, what do y'all do to get a lot of peppers?

Gator? Seems you had a truck load last year... What's the trick?
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:51 PM
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Delton...I planted 12 plants last year i think and was getting between 100-150 peppers a WEEK! My best year. I took a lot better care of them this time but nothing special. I started mine from seed too.

But either way from seed or seedlings once they got about 6 inches tall and had good branches i started hitting them hard with Miracle Grow tomato fertilizer 3 times a week. and straight water the other 4 days. I watered em every day if it didnt rain. I did this till they started putting out good. All the while i was putting all my used coffee grounds around the plants. I drink a lot of coffee and was getting the grounds from work too. (dont know if that really helps but read it somewhere) and like i said i had peppers coming out my ears last year. Still have several gallons in the freezer and i made several batches of jelly and canned a bunch of pickled peppers.

some of my plants were so full i had to put up stakes on them to hold them up LOL....im only gonna plant 9 this year i think. but several different varietes.
I'll try it then. We will need enough for two of us to make plenty of jelly, so we will go with 12...

Anything I can do now to get the process going? Or is it still too cold to worry with it?
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:54 PM
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How far apart do you plant them?
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far enough to get my walk behind tiller between them. i dont let ANY weeds come up in my garden! lol......im anal about that. heck i think its says 16-24 inches on the plant though. cant remember.
My packet tells me to sow seeds 6" apart. When they reach 3" tall, start pulling every other one out. I'm going to try the coffee grounds this year Blaine.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:31 AM
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My Wife has some pepper seeds started already. They came out of a seed pod from some General Tsu's Chicken that we picked up from the Chinese joint.

She has started all kind of seeds in the Kitchen window sill. Take a damp napkin, or paper towel, fold it to where it will fit in a sandwich sized ziplock bag, place seeds on top pf napkin, and blow into bag to fill it up. I guess it acts like a green house.
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So, what do y'all do to get a lot of peppers?

What's the trick?
Plant alot of em

My bells last year did like crap, gonna plant em where my chiles were. They did awesone, the jalepenos and banannas did fair. I used alot of miracle growand didnt seem to help much
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Has anyone ever had any experience with different soil types producing different levels of heat from the peppers? I grew Habeņeros some years back in some very sandy soil. The peppers were not NEARLY as hot as they should have been.
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My Wife has some pepper seeds started already. They came out of a seed pod from some General Tsu's Chicken that we picked up from the Chinese joint.

She has started all kind of seeds in the Kitchen window sill. Take a damp napkin, or paper towel, fold it to where it will fit in a sandwich sized ziplock bag, place seeds on top pf napkin, and blow into bag to fill it up. I guess it acts like a green house.
I may try that!
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Take it easy on the nitrogen. It will give you some great foliage but cuts the harvest down. Also about every other week I mix up some Epsom salt in water and spray it on the plants.
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Take it easy on the nitrogen. It will give you some great foliage but cuts the harvest down. Also about every other week I mix up some Epsom salt in water and spray it on the plants.
What does the Epsom salt and water do?
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The magnesium sulfate in Epsom helps set fruit. It works well with maters also.
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Take it easy on the nitrogen. It will give you some great foliage but cuts the harvest down. Also about every other week I mix up some Epsom salt in water and spray it on the plants.
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My Bell Peppers got over 3' tall and produced up until the first frost. If you can get your hands on composted chicken manure, it works great. I clean out the guinea / chicken coops and let it compost. Then when i plant my plants I put a big shovel full in the hole, put the plant on top of that, the fill with dirt. That stuff does an awesome job.

DO NOT USE FRESH CHICKEN CHIT OR YOU WILL KILL YOUR PLANTS!!!
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My Bell Peppers got over 3' tall and produced up until the first frost. If you can get your hands on composted chicken manure, it works great. I clean out the guinea / chicken coops and let it compost. Then when i plant my plants I put a big shovel full in the hole, put the plant on top of that, the fill with dirt. That stuff does an awesome job.

DO NOT USE FRESH CHICKEN CHIT OR YOU WILL KILL YOUR PLANTS!!!
burns em right?
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burns em right?
Yep. Burns them DEAD. But if you compost the stuff, it is untouchable for results you get.
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