First year growing peppers not good
I planted numerous varieties of peppers, both hot and bell types, and they are doing lousy. I'm in the NE in Zone 6b.
They don't seem to tolerate the wet season we have had, which isn't uncommon here. Some went out early and didn't tolerate the cold nights and seemed to have gotten stunted. The ones that went out later didn't have enough time to mature. They got mildly fed on by pests and they seem overly sensitive to it. I let a couple form a fruit while they were smallish and they completely shut down growth and put all the energy into the one small fruit. I gave them a small amount of fertilizer and they got burned. I followed the farmer's almanac advice of letting two plants live together as one and it was bad advice, one plant just dominates the other.
Growing peppers has been tough!
I had hopes of a bountiful harvest to make homemade hot sauce and roasted red peppers and it looks like neither are going to happen.
Does anyone have any suggestions for hot and bell pepper varieties easiest to grow best suited for mild and wetter conditions? I tried Bonnie's Orange, Red Bells, Jalapenos (this plant isn't doing terrible, nothing awesome though), hot banana peppers, and Burpee Red and Orange bells I started from seed a little too late. If all I am going to get out of the bells is immature green peppers I may not bother next year and plant something else.... If I do grow any next year I am going to start them indoors very early, they don't seem to get leggy like the faster growing stuff, in a large pot they won't get rootbound in, and I will put them out and bring them in at night until June.