I have an unknown pepper plant.

MsPiaMarch 19, 2014

Does anybody recognize what type of pepper this is?
It planted "himself".
It was a nice surprise, but I would love to ID it.

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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

so what you're saying is, the plant sprouted from a dropped seed (probably a bird)?

in that case it's a question of what peppers are growing near you (wild, or a local farmer with a bird problem).

it's a red pepper, with the classic "chili pepper" shape. that shape is shared by many many varieties of pepper. the plant itself looks C. Anuum like, but that doesn't narrow it down much as most peppers with pods shaped like that are anuums.

sorry if I didn't narrow it down much for you. others may have better input.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 8:09PM
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esox07

Yep, nothing distinct about the plant or pods. They look like a fat Cayenne or skinny Jalapeno. Haha. Maybe someone will recognize that particular pepper shape/size.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 8:20PM
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MsPia

It could have been from my compost also.
I planted in the past a pack of mix pepper seed.
Anaheim TMR 23
Ancho
Long Slim Red Cayenne
Jalapeño M
Hungarian Wax

But I don't remember any of those looking like this one.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:32PM
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peppers_galore

My guess is Fresno.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:47PM
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esox07

I would say out of those listed it is NOT: Long Slim Red Cayenne, Jalapeno M, Anaheim or Hungarian Wax.
So, that leaves possible Ancho in my opinion. Here is a photo of an Ancho (Poblano) of mine from last year. Another couple weeks of growth will likely tell you if I am right one way or the other.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:51PM
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esox07

Yep, of the above that you listed, the only one that I think it could possibly be is the Ancho. Other than that, I have no idea.
Not sure what a Fresno looks like.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 10:01PM
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peppers_galore

Please excuse the frozen state of my peppers. These are Fresnos.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 10:13PM
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leafericson(6)

Yes they do look similar to Fresno..
I could be wrong but they really seem to look like Tiger Teeth peppers. A well known pepper in Guyana.
Sorry have to edit this, my mistake. It does not look like tiger teeth. I agree it does look like Fresno.
Found a photo of last years tiger teeth.
Eric.

This post was edited by LeafEricson on Thu, Mar 20, 14 at 20:27

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 10:34PM
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woohooman

I say the only thing out of those would be anaheim or Jalapeno. Too big and tapered to be an M variety though imho. So, Anaheim... in that case, they look rather small for an Anaheim, but not for a stunted wintered, volunteered Anaheim.

Too uniform for an Ancho, imo

Could easily be a cross though, if you planted the ones listed closely together last year.

Kevin

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 11:41PM
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esox07

Yep, that fresno photo looks good. Woohooman could be right if just going with what was on the list. But I grew some Anaheims last year and they didn't look quite like that. I am assuming the ones in the photos are immature and will continue to grow in size and possible shape as well. This was my anaheim in july of last year...maybe it was mislabeled. I bought it at a garden center as a starter plant.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 11:49PM
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woohooman

Nope. Bruce, that's a typical Anaheim you got there. A little distortion on the crinkled pod shape, but classic Anaheim. Hate it when they're like that.. the flesh is usually thin, so roasting and skinning can be tricky. Your ancho above is classic immature ancho also... though with them, there is quite a bit of pod variation.

Kevin

I'm hardly the pod I.D. specialist, but with a lot of the common Mexican varieties, I do better .lol

This post was edited by woohooman on Thu, Mar 20, 14 at 12:36

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 12:35PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I would also VOTE "Fresno", based on the clues.
I have not grown them before but I bought some this past winter and got seeds from them and now I am growing some. So I remember the shape and size.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 5:04PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Could be young Anaheim, but I'm leaning more toward Fresno too. Good pepper, btw.

Dennis

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 12:47PM
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woohooman

For the people who voted fresno... You guys/gals are funny. The OP never mentioned a Fresno...lol

Kevin

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 1:12PM
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MsPia

Well,it could be anything really, since I plant every single seed that crosses my way. It could easily be from a dry pepper that I bought at the Chinese market...from a pepper that I eat on a trip to Brazil, who knows. I don't know much about Fresnos, but from the picture that peppers_galore published, Fresnos look meatier than my mystery peppers.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 2:36PM
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woohooman

Now, there you go making me look silly, MsPia. ;)

I agree about the Fresno though. Plus, according to thechilman.org, Fresno pods grow upright.

Kevin

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 3:07PM
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MsPia

No, no, no Kevin, you don't silly at all.
You do know a LOT.

By the way, the leaves of my Mystery pepper plant are light green. I think it needs some nutrition. (He didn't choose the right pot to plant himself). What should I feed him?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 3:39PM
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woohooman

Mspia. You're being WAY too kind. Just sharing the knowledge I've picked up from the good folks here on gardenweb and some experience.

Regarding fertilizer, just something that's well-balanced with a 3-1-2 ratio(half-strength) like Miracle Gro All Purpose or Foliage Pro. If you use the Miracle gro, you'll need to supplement it with some Calcium and Magnesium. You can get those with dolomite lime, but it will raise ph, so check your ph before adding. Or you can get the Calcium from fast-acting gypsum and the magnesium from epsom salts without raising ph.

Kevin

This post was edited by woohooman on Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 21:44

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 9:26PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

My Fresnos dangled.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 12:51PM
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woohooman

Fair enough, Dennis.

Similar to my Guajillos -- the fresh version is called Mirasol which translated means "look to the sun." I've yet to see a Guajillo point upward.

Kevin

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 1:46PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I take my VOTE for Fresno back too. hehe

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 4:29PM
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gardendrivenlife(6)

I grew Cyklon last year. Kinda looks like that w/the pointed tips. Fwiw. Gary

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 8:25PM
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abnorm(Orlando)

How does it taste .....Heat ?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:18PM
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MsPia

Hi abnorm, I haven't try it yet.
I'll let you know.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 9:39AM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

To me it almost looks almost like a "Pepperoncini Pepper". Simular in size, shape and look. I dont think it is a Red Fresno, but what do I know. I have been wrong before.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pepperoncini

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 11:52PM
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esox07

RonnyB123: I think you were looking at my picture of my Anahiem which does kind of loook like a Pepperoncini although it gets much bigger. The plant in question is at the top of the thread.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 12:36PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

esox07... no...I was looking at the pictures on Tradewinds Fruit and I saw that the picture looked similar to their picture (see link). No offense, but I was not thinking about it being an Anaheim. It could be? IMO, this chili plant may be a mystery even the "Scooby Doo gang" wont be able to solve.

It could also be a "Sandia Pepper" a Anaheim variety.

This post was edited by RonnyB123 on Wed, Mar 26, 14 at 15:07

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 2:47PM
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esox07

No, not an anaheim. That is what I was trying to say. I don't think it is a Pepperoncini either. I grew them a couple years ago and they grew pretty true to the photos I have seen.
Pepperoncini don't have that tapered shape. I do hope someone can get a good ID on it though. Maybe an opinion by the OP on how hit it is would help. I know Pepperoncini are quite mild.

Pepperoncini:

This post was edited by esox07 on Wed, Mar 26, 14 at 15:06

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 3:05PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

Esox07. Ok. I dont know then. It could be anything. I have seen Jumbo Thai at the farmers market that look like that. Could be a hybrid too.
I think we then would need way more details then just guessing. Like: taste... hot, sweet, extreme?
What are some of the pods are available in markets in Argentina where I assume MsPia is from? If she did use dry brands, what were they?
Maybe a closeup of the leaves (even though that wont tell you much).
What kind of pods are used in her cooking? Say some seeds spilled from the garbage... then whala...
Any farms around her area?

Details... Details.. :)

This post was edited by RonnyB123 on Wed, Mar 26, 14 at 16:14

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 3:38PM
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esox07

Yah, I am about done guessing any more. Unless further details come out, we will just have to label this one as "Unidentified".

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 4:15PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

Agreed. We may never know. :)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 5:39PM
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MsPia

Ok ronnyb123 and esox07 , you are making me cut my cute pepper.
Here we go. Size: (sorry I didn't have a coin)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 6:30PM
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MsPia

Not meaty.
Do you want the seeds???

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 6:35PM
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MsPia

Nice heat. Taste like Thai Chili peppers.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 6:41PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

Alright now were cooking. That close up picture almost looks like the insides of some of my Red Thai chili's, especially a larger Thai chili.

Did you try it? Hot, peppery, sweet, fruity?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 6:44PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

Well then, we could be getting closer. It may be some kind of Thai chili. We may have named our culprit.

This post was edited by RonnyB123 on Wed, Mar 26, 14 at 21:59

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 6:58PM
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esox07

My experience with Thai Chilis is the the Thai Hot. It doesn't match the size or growing style at all. My hots grew upright in bunches. The shape is fairly close but a bit fatter than my Thai Hots. Could possibly be another variety of Thai chili though. I am growing Thai Dragons this year in addition to the Thai Hots this year again. But I don't know if they are similar or not.
Here is my Thai Hot from last year.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 7:15PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

This is getting really entertaining.
How about Korean Kimchi?

Look at the picture. Not mine, though but I have grown the before.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 8:54PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

These are some Red Thai Chilis I got at the asian store (after I used my 3 bags of stash in the freezer). Very simular to what you got there Seysonn.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 9:55PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

esox07.

Love those Thai Dragons. Very productive and hardy.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 10:03PM
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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

I've had thai peppers grow downward, and upward. and one went straight out to the side. all from the same batch of seed.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:19AM
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esox07

Judo, that is because you didn't plant the seeds the right side up.

Bruce

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:23AM
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woohooman

Great pic MsPia. You look sort of scared. ;)

Well, it could be any number of varieties. I say if you like it, keep growing it and save seed and call it MsPia's Pepper hybrid.

Kevin

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 1:23AM
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MsPia

I like that : MsPia Pepper's Hybrid.

I was sort of scare Kevin, ha ha , it could have been REALLY hot.
But it was the perfect hotness for my taste, no tears and not mild enough to eat them like cookies.
I will go to the Asian market and see if I find them, some time this week.
I'm definitely saving the seeds, they are very tasty!
I'm making some Thai chicken soup for lunch today.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 8:11AM
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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

it's possible. with all this warm weather it can be hard to concentrate. ...you wouldn't understand :p

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 9:32AM
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