Another newbie to pepper growing
This is lengthy and I apologize in advance, just want you to have the whole "ignorant me" picture..
Last year as a noob, I started seedlings on the following varieties:
I had no idea what I was doing, just winging it really.
I used a seedling tray (burpee tray with wicking mat) indoors in a window and once they got root bound (late April-ish?) I transplanted into a 6 inch round container using Promix-BX and shoved them into a small portable greenhouse until Late May when they again got root bound. I then stuffed 4 Ã¯Â¿Â½ 5 of each type of plant into 9 gallon resin container that I pounded 4-5 nail holes into (for drainage) and hooked these up to a drip system. My drip emitters were 1 gph and the drip was set up to run 1-3 min per hour. I did not add any nutrients to these, just let them grow and then harvested as needed. Hell, didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t even stake them, they just flopped over and did their thing.
With this approach (again, I had no clue what I was doing) I had what I considered a good sized harvest. The jalapeno, yellow wax, Serrano and cayenne went nuts. Many (100 or so?) fruit each on 3ft tall shrubs (probably very stunted due to overcrowding in the planters). The habanero had probably 20 or so fruit and I wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t able to harvest these until October. These were very small but HEY! I got some, so YAY me!
So THIS year, being the pro pepper grower now (sarcasm intended) I am now growing around 40 varieties including super hots. I started this year VERY early (after reading that super hots take a long time to germinate and are much harder). I thought I would try the dirt blocks technique (using Sunshine natural and Organic Profession potting Mix) and I started 6 of each variety hoping that I would have at least a few varieties geminate. These were placed on a heating mat with a wicking mat on top. I did not intend to end up with this many varieties, I figured most would fail, but low and behold 90% or more germinated within 5 days and I now have fricking plants everywhere. I have had to transplant twice and have no idea what to do with all of them at this point.
So where am I going with this wall of text? Well.. I still have no idea what I am doing, and so far I have kept all of these peppers plants very wet (sometimes sitting in standing water in a tray) and have yet to add any type of fertilizer. They are growing like crazy and I cannot keep up. I figured I better start doing some research to make sure I do not do anything wrong.
So after perusing this amazing site I find out that peppers hate being wet and seem finicky (nutrient-wise). So my question is, have I just been really lucky that I have not killed all of these? How have I not caused some plant-based implosion inside my home doing all the wrong things with these wonderful pepper plants?