Peppers, Pepper, Peppers

jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)August 23, 2013

Tired of people saying our peppers are nice, but just too small, I decided that wasn't going to happen this year. So we planted 4 plantings of peppers with over 700 plants. Well this year has turned out to be the best pepper year ever. Lots of 75-80 degree days, 60 and upper 50's at night in the last month.

Greens have been selling very well, so we pick them when they get big. We have been rotating through the different patches to pick the biggest ones and to allow them time to grow. The small ones end up staying on the vine longer and turn colors, that is why the colored ones are smaller.

Harvest and ready for market

I need to get a picture, but our sweet banana, anahiem and hot bananas are 8 to 12 inches long and very productive. The jalapenos are awesome too! Many happy pepper customers!

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I notice you have several different varieties here. Some of your colored ones have always been smaller for me than the typical green that turn either red or yellow.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 2:52PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

Yes they are different varieties. We have had some really big colored ones, but I hate to leave them on for fear of damage. So that is why I pick the big ones green. Also, I don't divide them up when we sell, (easier on me), we sell them all for the same price. Huge green or smallish colored. Customers are happy, and I am happy!


    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 3:00PM
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Very nice! Peppers are harder to grow than tomatoes in my soil. But they seem to thrive on a lot of horse manure worked into the soil. I also had much better luck with expensive hybrid seed this year than last year when I grew plants from the much cheaper OP seed varieties.

The link below is for a farm near me. The owner really knows the pepper business well. One thing I admire about his operation is that all of his extra produce gets made into jellies, relishes, salsas, and various preserved products, which he sells on the Internet. Obviously, one would need an inspected kitchen in order to sell canned goods, but in a lot of states it's not that hard to pass inspection. He ends up with next to zero waste and income from his crop spread over the year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Darn Hot Peppers

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 3:03PM
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We've been canning jams/jellies/pickles from a lot of our leftover produce this year. We don't need a certified kitchen as long as we sell from farmers market or from home.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 3:08PM
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What pepper varieties are you growing? The pictures look nice.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 4:37PM
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little_minnie(zone 4a)

I would have to stop sleeping if I was going to can heavily in summer too. We also don't need a certified kitchen here for pickles or jams but some canned things are not allowed.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 5:59PM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

I love growing peppers also and found close planting in the greenhouse yields well for me. I prefer red ripe over green peppers so it seems like forever before they're ready.

But when they are it's well worth it. I'm picking 100+ lbs. a week lately.

Italian "Corno de Toro"

Pimento peppers, the sweetest of them all. Some are close to 1 lb!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 10:38AM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

Deleting double post, sorry.

This post was edited by madroneb on Mon, Aug 26, 13 at 0:59

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 10:47AM
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do you guys top your pepper plants? hot peppers seem like a hard sell unless its a jalapeno or sweet banana. Have had trouble with leggy plants when grown under plastic so we only grow outdoors, anyone else ran into this?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 12:46AM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

As far as pepper varieties, here we go,

Green to Red: Revolution, Red Knight, Ace

Green to Yellow: Lafayette, Flavorburst (a light green to yellow)

Green to Orange: Gourmet

Green to Chocolate: Chocolate Beauty

Purples: Tequila, Purple Beauty

White: Bianca

Mark: I love the support system for your peppers, that looks like an easy and effective way to keep them upright and supported. We have tried the Corno de Torro, everyone thought they were hot peppers and wouldn't try them. I even told them, gave them one, etc no hope! Everyone wants bell peppers, so why fight it! Jalapenos sell well, along with anahiems, hot bananas, and sweet banana pepper. Still trying Poblanos, but they aren't very big. Also we sell some Shishito's, really popular with 2-3 people who are great customers year around and that is why we grow them.

Nineallday: Our peppers grow really tall in the high tunnels too. It is the lack of wind, IMO, that causes that.

Still picking and selling!


    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 1:28AM
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Mark: I love how you're using what I assume is Hortanova to support the peppers. I planted mine close together also in my new hoophouse....but should have put in a support system! So I've been weighing my options for next year. Did you staple the netting to the wooden stakes? I think the varieties I grow would be setting on fruit above the you think the netting would mar the peppers? Or does it just move out of the way?

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 5:50PM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

The hortanova is just stretched across the bed and over the stakes, no staples necessary. Easy on, easy off. You can position it to any height according to the length of the stakes.
I haven't notices any issues with the netting effecting the peppers in any way other than keeping them off the ground. :)

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 1:24AM
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