No Peter Piper jokes, unless they are funny, the yo have
I have a Sandia plant (Chimayo or Mew Mexico Red) that is
about 12" all and now has two, three inch peppers hanging
I am concerned that
1) I pick it too soon and miss a larger fruit
2) I do not realize the peppers are as big as they are
going to get on a 12" tall plant and the plant will
think it is "finished" with its cycle and stop producing
When is it time to pick a pepper?
The other Sandia plant now has a lot of new leaves
and "seems" to be recovering.
Well, if it's a _Sandia_ pepper, you wait for a dark night, and go out
to see if it's softly glowing blue.
(Spent a little too much time in a lab wearing a dosage badge a long
time ago - that's a joke, I say a joke, son, and I neither like nor grow
peppers so I'm otherwise useless for your question) - I suppose there is
the question of whether this particular sort of pepper turns color
(probably not blue, nor glowing in the dark) when ripe.
Cats, coffee, chocolate...vices to live by
Please don't feed the trolls. Killfile and ignore them so they will go away.
Used to grow them and I am not an expert but there is nobody answering.
I recall you can pick them anytime but they might tend to get "woody" if
too old. It is nice to see color though just not go too long.
my lack of knowledge aside... you can sometimes
tell by heft if the pepper has much meat in it or
not (to avoid picking too early). yet this does
require at least some familiarity with the peppers
how they should be normally and the end goal (are
they for dry storage, pickling, etc.).
i've never grown any dried pepper, not sure how
i would finish them.
George might know, he has mentioned before that
he's grown a lot of hot peppers. but maybe he was
only growing them to make pepper sauces or something?
Before my throat burned out I used to make a lot of pepper sauce, also
hot pepper flakes for sprinkling on. Nowadays it's only sweet peppers
and we eat them raw, cooked in many sorts of dishes, and many bags of
chopped peppers in vacuum bags for ease in finding them for cooking.
I may have mentioned this before but I used to swap Chile seeds all over
the world by postal. One of my best trades was a guy in Bucharest who
traded some really hot Chile's that I can't remember the name of. I then
grew the !@#$% hot ones, traded seeds off all over North America, and
finally just quit eating the things at all. Then all the terrorism stuff
started and no mo' swapping peppers. I made some really good hot sauces
back then that were very tasty.
Here's a hint, but not about chillies, grow some New Zealand spinach,
very tasty leaves when cooked or raw. In temperate climates they will
reseed for years. At each leaf junction the plant makes its seeds, not
round nor square but almost square. I need to get another start as they
finally gave up trying to grow. I see online that the seed packets run
from $US3 to $US 1+.
Miss Tilly Dawg Shirley had a growth removed from her nose yesterday and
is happily recovering at home. The vets around Houston are very
expensive, a little over two grand on this one, but she's worth it all,
best dog we've ever had.
Nope, have you seen those drying peppers on the tv shows? Some folks
pull the entire plant and hang it upside down to dry, I never did that
one as the peppers sometimes keep producing for a year or more in our
climate. Basically I put them in an old produce bag, one of those red
jobs, fill it with peppers, hang in a dry place with little moisture,
wait until they dry completely then strip the goodies from the useless
stuff. You can also weave a line of string and tie the chilies into a
line on it to dry.
Well, she's not snoring anymore for one thing, the other is that she is
healing rapidly. She's lying on the couch behind my desk chair sleeping
peacefully. She finally got a real meal this morning plus a very small,
lean treat just for being a good girl. Her two main things to love are
eating and pooping, typical dog. <G> She's a good watch dog too, she
starts growling before anyone ever steps on the porch, when they knock
or ring the doorbell, she goes berserk, hair standing up, etc. When they
get inside she tries to lick the skin off their ankles if she knows
them, if she doesn't she walks around watching them closely and growling
very low but ready to leap at their throats. I really don't think she
could get a throat unless they trip and fall on the floor, she's not
much of a jumper with both hind legs rebuilt.
no, i hardly ever watch tv these days. most
time i might listen if that, but usually i tune
it out. not my type of thing. i do like a good
movie or documentary once in a while.
i will be eating ours or making pepper sauce of
some kind out of them. sweet and sour is likely
since i need some acid in there (i don't pressure can
anything here). just mainly want a good red pepper
sauce to replace tomato sauce for pasta or some other
...Tilly :) ...
heheh, some doggies are quite the characters,
i like a lot of them, but we can't have any here,
so i have to like other people's doggies when i
can visit them. same with kitties or other animals.
just worms here as pets. that is as far as i go
for indoor critters at the moment. and a few house-
plants. good enough. :)
Okay you two. I know you are pulling my leg. I know
that hots pepper grow "red" in the dark. The "blue" ones
are those yukky sweet pepper those folks above the Mason/Dixon
line cook with. The green glowers are the really gross ones
and are the color of, well I will stop here as it is a
So, fellows, I am not tricked. Ha! I AM NOT FOOLED!
Too bad I can't use my horse s*** for fertilizer. My
plants would be 20 feet tall!
You CAN use horse manure for fertilizer , but it needs to be "hot
composted" first to kill whatever seeds make it thru the horse's digestive
tract . Cow manure on the other hand can be applied directly as it comes
from the cow ...
DO NOT use race horse manure, they get more drugs than humans, can cause
problems when humans eat the produce that grows in it. Found that out
many years ago.
The best animal manure is rabbit, doesn't need composting, goes straight
into the garden row and is pretty rich too. We once had a commercial
rabbitry and we used everything but the squeal. Chicken, pigeon, pig,
etc. definitely need composting to completion.
George, farm boy many years and years ago
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