Growing Rocoto Peppers in a Hot Arid Climate
Last year I grew all sorts of c. annuum and c. chinese plants that were up to my waist and loaded with pods. No problems. But in the same garden, from my 3 yellow pumpkin manzano plants, I got a whopping 3 pods, despite the fact that all three plants got huge, and loaded up with beautiful purple blossoms 3 times throughout the season.
This year, I am trying c. pubescens again with red rocoto peppers, and I'd like to hear from people who grow them in hot arid climates in the Southwest. Do I need to move them into partial shade? Right now, my garden gets considerable direct sunlight all day, which all my other peppers love. Do I need to overwinter them in pots? Do I need to put them out earlier than other peppers? What is the secret to growing rocoto peppers in a hot arid climate?