EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Peppers

by A.J. Coltrane

2013 Pepper recap here.

The final 2014 harvest:

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The 2013 harvest came to 22.2 pounds of peppers from 11 plants — 2 pounds per plant. This year we bumped it up to 18 plants and got 31.0 pounds. That’s 1.7 pounds per plant — a 15% reduction in yield, though that’s close enough to call it the same. About half of the fruit ripened this year, which was a big impovement over last year’s ~20%. (The tomatoes ripened better as well. Not a coincidence I’d bet.)

The table:

Hot Variety Count Weight/per Total Weight
Anaheim College 64 1 2.4 2.4
Hungarian Hot Wax 1 0.9 0.9
Jalapeno 1 2.8 2.8
Thai Hot 1 0.5 0.5
Sweet Variety Count Weight/per Total Weight
Alma Paprika 1 0.4 0.4
Cute Stuff 1 1.6 1.6
Gourmet 2 1.1 2.2
Gypsy 2 2.8 4.7
Karma 1 1.6 1.6
King of the North 5 2 9.9
Pasilla Bajio 1 1.9 1.9
Tequila Sunrise 1 2.2 2.2

I’m thinking that somebody mis-labeled the Pasillas (the center front sheet tray pictured above). The Tilth description says that they get 8″-10″. We got little 1″-2″ fireballs that looked more like Thai Hot peppers. It could be that the Pasillas were actually Thai Hot peppers. The foliage was super similar, and completely tangled up.

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We lost a few more sweet peppers than I would have liked to (I think) earwigs. The diatomaceous earth that was applied late in the year may or may not have slowed down the bugs.

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Peppers are one of those plants that we can never grow too many. They’re attractive, low maintenance and always enjoyed at the table. Overall I was happy with the outcome.

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I’m thinking maybe we increase it to two jalapeno plants in 2015.

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