Any luck with Manzano Pepper?

Chad5(6)January 19, 2014

Just wondering if anyone has any experiences with Manzano peppers. I heard that they can be quite tricky to grow for most people because of the region they came from. I already have a huge grow list this year (Thanks to Jtight) so if it is not a great producer I will probably pass on it. The seeds were quite expensive on the site where I found them, but they almost seem to cool of a pepper to pass up. Any thoughts??? Thanks Chad

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sjetski(6b NJ)

Thoughts?

Get them started right away for a chance on getting ripe pods at the end of the season.

I've read that established plants supposedly do not like being potted up, this seems to be my experience as well. I'm guessing that potting them up once, into their final container, may be best. Find a way to keep the roots shaded or insulated from the heat, it may give them a boost. You may also have spots on your property that get sunlight during the mildest portions of the day (the first 4 hours, or last four hours of sunlight).

I have 3 of them overwintered, two smaller and a mid-sized one, with most leaves trimmed off. They are being kept in near darkness in a cool basement that averages between 58-65f. I give them water and light about once a week, they seem to be handling it better than my other overwintered plants.

If you like a small growing challenge, then there's no reason not to grow them. They are a unique tasting and extremely versatile pepper with a forgiving burn, imho.

Steve,

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 12:10PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Tricky, indeed.
I found that the flower prolifically, but just didn't like the temperatures in my own garden. I overwintered a Manzano, and it did much better in its second year. A more cold-tolerant pepper than others, so it overwintered very well in a cold-frame outdoors.

Josh

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 1:45PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I have just germinates some. I got the seeds from Tim (peppernovice. Thanks again, Tim). Gardening in the PNW, we have the cool weather that Manzanos like.

I also think that it has unique flavor , on the mild side (10k to 20k?). It is one of the few peppers that I know that you actually taste its fruity flavor along the heat.
So I will git it a shot.

This post was edited by seysonn on Tue, Jan 21, 14 at 2:18

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 5:57PM
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Chad5(6)

Thanks guys for your responses. I'm gonna give them a shot, What the heck. I will keep ya posted on results. Now I'm a little worried, sjetski, I live in central N.J. should I have already started my superhots? I've never grown anything hotter than a cayenne.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 6:06PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

You've got time for seed-starting....
A lot of folks like to get the C. pubescens started early, though.

Josh

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 6:31PM
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pepperdave

I grew some years ago in pots. Got 3 peppers off 2 plants the first year. After wintering the over I finally got some so so production. Im glad I grew them If you have the time and space Go for it. Just know they take longer then any pepper Ive ever grown.Still No regrets most excellent pepper worth the wait although the make most super hots seem like early season

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 7:33AM
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sjetski(6b NJ)

Agreed with Josh, plenty of time to start seed for zone 6 and super hots (north jersey here btw).

If your grow list creeps upwards, you may find yourself starting super-hot seeds in March. Which would be fine, the worst is that they'll ripen in mid or late August.

Your next project will be figuring out what to do with your late season bounty, pickle, puree, powder, freeze them, etc.

Def keep us posted, and good luck too.

Steve,

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 4:10PM
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habjolokia

If you have the seeds go for it. I just started some Manzano seeds today, got them from Tim peppernovice (Thanks Tim) he had great success so maybe he can post some pointers for us.

Mark

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 5:04PM
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willardb3

Manzanos are easy to germinate and grow. Info to the contrary is urban myth.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 9:34AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Easy to germinate and easy to grow, yes.....but not so easy to get a good harvest in my neck of the woods.

Josh

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 12:01PM
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Chad5(6)

Anybody deal with tradewinds fruit company? Found seeds there 20 seeds for two bucks. Also is there any preferance to which color? They have red,yellow, and orange. Thanks again for replies! Nice plant BTW Willard3!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 3:55PM
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leafericson(6)

I really, really want to grow these. I tried last year but not one germinated, bad seed?

If anyone has a few manzano/rocoto seeds they could spare I would really appreciate the kind favor. I have many seeds I could trade in return.
-Eric-

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 9:13PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Eric,

check your email

seysonn

This post was edited by seysonn on Wed, Jan 22, 14 at 4:01

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 3:51AM
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t-bones(5)

Chad,
I have ordered seeds a few times from tradewinds fruit and had good results. I would order from them again.
I have never grown Manzano peppers so cant recommend a color. Good luck
Tim

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 4:28AM
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leafericson(6)

seysonn, thank you very much for the seed offer. I will send a SASE to you. Are you looking for any seeds? I may have them...
-Eric-

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 8:47AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

You are welcome, Eric.

I do not need any seeds right now. I am all set for the season. Thanks though.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 2:09PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

OK.. an update on my Manzano situation.
I germinated and started back in Jan. And subsequently potted and planted out in May.
Now here we are Early August. My plants have about 5 pods so far. Like Josh said, they flower prolifically but won't set pods. I heard that they like cool. So they got it, PNW you know. Now what is the problem ?
Anybody is growing Manzano this season ? Let us here how yours are doing so far. I really like Manzanos. With some Habs, they make nice sauce. O, by the way my habs are doing even worse than Manzanos. Arrrgh

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 3:50AM
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John11840(z6/CT)

I usually grow mine in pots so that I can bring them inside at frost time. They are long season peppers. Some of mine didn't get enough sun in early summer which surprised me, so I moved them to get more. They are blooming now and some have nice pods.
John A

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:01PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

I have Orange, Red and Yellow growing but no flowers yet. They are slow growers but it wont get too cold here until Dec so I may get pods yet.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:35PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

UPDATE:

We had a very unusual hot July. My Manzano set about 4 fruits in July. But as of early August it has been busy setting pods. So this tells me that Manzano prefers cooler weather.

Now my question is, will they have a chance to get orange color ?
How is yours doing ?
I think because it is not easy to grow Manzano, that is why it is rare to find in stores. All theses years I have seen just once sold at an Asian market many years ago.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 5:58AM
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tomt226

seysonn,
Some Mexican markets down here in Texas are selling the orange Manzanos. Don't know where they grow'em....

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 6:03AM
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smokemaster_2007

You can buy Manzano Peppers here in S.Ca. almost year round.
They are either from N.Ca. or Mexico,depending on the time of year.
A few are red but most are either yellow or orange.
I have Lbs. of seeds for SASBE if anyone wants some.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 6:17AM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

This was my best Manzano plant ever. The date code is incorrect, It was one the coolest of springs that year and as you can see fruit set was fantastic. Haven't had that kind of performance since!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:02AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

NECM, you have had Rocot ?
I am growing the Yellow one. My plants have been flowering since April. They set just a few pods in July. In August, they have been setting many more pods. The earliest pods are still green.

As far as availability in supermarkets, I have not seen any in Asian, Indo-Pakistani stores. And there is no Mexican stores around here. I found one store and it was out of business. But I hope to get some from my plants for special yellow Manzano hot sauce, with yellow bell. My favorite,

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:29AM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

Yes and they are one of my favorites, but as noted, haven't had much luck lately. The year this plant was grown I had an exceptionally late start to summer and did't put my plants in the ground until the week of July 4th! This year had good growing conditions, cooler overall all summer with daily high temps in the 70's and only five days that broke 90 but I didn't start any.

That pic was taken mid-fall and the fruit was ripening nicely, definitely a long season variety! Here's the USDA info on that variety.> PI 593622

This post was edited by northeast_chileman on Sun, Aug 24, 14 at 10:01

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:56AM
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