They're still in the pot, as I haven't had time to get them into the garden. As usual, I'm behind. This long weekend (Memorial Day) has helped. Still much to do. I will post photos when I have something to show.
I was forgetting to mention: last week I did an experiment and planted some Chile Rayado seed, direct, in the ground, in my little garden at work. I want to see if they'll produce well enough to do this in the future and save on transplanting. This pepper does grow and mature pretty rapidly. We'll see. At work we have a high mortality rate with seedlings of any sort. Something eats them. I'm suspecting this year it's slugs.
I saw some of those THP folks George sent seeds to are having some good success with them. Plants look to be 6 - 8 inches tall. It'll be interesting to see how well Rayado does in the different parts of the country.
George, I'm having great luck with the Rayado seeds you sent me. I'm in north Alabama. They have been slower growing and slower to produce peppers than the jalapeno variety I'm growing (Early Jalapeno) but they're beginning to catch up at this point. They have not liked the hot direct sun that we've had. They droop much more than the regular jalapeno plants I'm growing but they come right back in the evenings. I may try to move them into a more filtered sunlight area soon. Definitely the "hairiest" pepper plants I've ever grown! Very interesting! Beautiful flowers too. I had several pics but could only attach three to this post so I made collages out of them. I hope you can see them well enough. Oh, and by the way, you may notice in the pics but I "topped" a couple of them early on and the others I just let grow so some are taller than others. Do you use/eat them green or do you wait until they are fully ripe (red)? Thanks!
This is my first post here so I'm hoping I got it right, lol. Also hoping there's a way to get email notifications when folks reply. I forget to check back here sometimes. Let me know if you have any questions for me about them and thank you so much again for sharing seeds with me!
Mark, that's great! I have never topped mine, so I don't know how that affects them. I leave mine out in full Oklahoma sun, which is really hot, and they do okay. Though they generally have the benefit of shade from various weeds, which I'm always behind on eliminating
I do grow mine directly in the ground, which may make a difference.
I'm so glad that they're doing well for you! Yours are definitely ahead of mine. I got mine transplanted into the garden very late. Still, they do produce quickly.
Let me know if you don't get an email notification, and I'll try to figure that one out. I do get notifications, but to an address I don't much use. I generally just drop in at the home page and go to "Recent posts" to see what's going on.
Yes, I'm betting that growing in the ground makes a difference. These are only 3 gallon buckets so it may be a little bit of a strain on the plants. I do feed them well though since they're growing in a smaller container. They seem to be doing really well right now so we'll see how they end up. Do you sometimes eat them green (like using a green jalapeno) or do you recommend waiting til they are fully ripe (red)? I didn't get an email notification for your reply but no worries at all. I put a shortcut to this thread in my browser so it will be easy access and it will remind me to check back periodically. Thank you again!!
Mr Groovy-your plants look absolutely fabulous. This is the first time I have seen foto's of Chili Rayado in pots that are so nicely maintained. Just beautiful. I have Chili Rayado as well and mine are in series 1300 nursery pots which are 10 inches wide and hold 2.35 gallons of soil. I am not using special soil. My climate is over-cast now and I am in the rainy season. Your plants look much better than mine and the peppers look great. Good job sir!!! I will be looking forward to seeing more foto's of your plants. I have a thread set up for my plants because I live in Panama and my growing experience is sort of opposite of everyone else. My plants are not robust now because its not time for pepper's really yet. I need to start more plants in October when that time comes. It does look like I will get a few peppers. Nothing like what you are going to get. I am jealous.