Peppers: Numex? Other favorites?
Like many of you, I'm working on seed lists - mainly tomatoes and peppers now - and I have a couple of questions.
This spring, I bought a few pepper plants from Bonnie to hold us over until the peppers I was growing from seed started to produce: Garden Salsa (ok), Fajita Bell (tasty), Mucho Nacho Jalapenos (good but too big for my jalapeno grill, hotter than I'm used to), and Cubanelles (ok, not keepers). In May, I planted my seedlings out.
All peppers did great - the Bonnie peppers and those I grew from seed. Had the best crop of peppers ever. Hundreds of peppers. Probably thousands. I finally pulled the plants when temps dropped to low 40s last week. Thank goodness!
This year, I'd like to try different varieties, read good things about Numex peppers. Went to the New Mexico Chili Pepper site - so many choices, I don't don't know where to start. I also read several threads about Numex peppers in GWeb, this lead to questions.
Do Numex peppers thrive in alklaine soil only? I read that they do fine with (dry) heat and wind. We have lots of hot wind, but we are also humid. Do you recommend Numex for these conditons? If so, what varieties do you favor? Do you have other (non-Numex) favorites?
We love stuffed peppers, grilled peppers. I use peppers in cooking (the Trinity) a lot, froze tons this summer and fall. I'm not crazy about super hot peppers. When I was chopping Garden Salsa and Jalapenos, without gloves, my hands were on fire for > 24 hours. I tried everything recommended on the Internet but nothing helped much - just time. If those peppers burned my hands for over 24 hrs, I hate to think about what they are doing to my GI system!
Thanks for any advice you have about Numex peppers, and other favorite peppers. .