The year in peppers
Attached is a photo of my one habanero plant that is doing well. It has given me a couple of pods up to now and I wanted to memorialize it before I harvested many more. This is one that I started last year and kept through the winter. It almost died over the winter, but came back pretty well this year.
Aside from this one, however, I am having a pretty bad year for peppers. I have a south facing, huge bay window that collects a lot of heat and allows me germinate peppers normally. But not this year. This year, it was nigh impossible to germinate a pepper, especially a hot pepper, and especially habaneros. Of those that did finally germinate, many have stayed severely stunted and been unwilling to grow more than a few inches high. Most of the rest are smallish and/or look very weak, with small, thin stems.
I was at an event sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension yesterday that helped me feel some better. The master gardeners have peppers in their demo garden that look about like mine. And one of the major topics of conversation among attendees was how poor this year has been for peppers. So I guess it's not just me. But still: ARGHHHHH!!!! I wanted to preserve a lot peppers this year and this little plant just won't produce enough on its own!
So I'm not looking for help so much as I am looking to commiserate and see if others are having similar problems. And whether others have similar bright spots among the problems.