Tepin Hot Pepper

nj_jesseJuly 6, 2006

who here has grown these im interested but need some more info. one seed company says they need 200days while another site has 2 different variaties and says 90-95 days. if i grow this in nj could i start them in the winter inside and have peppers by the end of summer?

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cmpman1974(Zone 6 MI)

I say yes...I did by starting seeds early March and had ripe peppers in September.

Chris

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 10:12PM
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svalli(4)

I have a pepper plant which looks like Tepin and the seeds were called Mexican Bird Pepper. I started the orginal plant in December 2004. It grew, flowered and got fruit during the summer and fall, but the fruit did not ripen until Christmas time.

I still have the same plant in a pot and couple of other ones, which I started from the seeds I collected from the first one. The old plant is again flowering, but the smaller ones do not yet have any buds.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2006 at 9:42AM
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nj_jesse

ok so how hot were the peppers?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2006 at 5:41PM
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svalli(4)

I tasted a tiny bit of the outside of one and it was not hot at all. Then I tasted the inside and could not handle it and did not do any other tasting experiments.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2006 at 6:59PM
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shelbyguy(z5 IL)

you could also consider chilpiquin, the domesticated cousin of the chiltepin

shorter season and larger fruit (and more consistent heat)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 6:40PM
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pepperhead212(6b / S Jersey)

I have grown three versions of tepins (plus another this year, which hasn't produced yet), one called chiltepin aviculare, which was the hottest of the three. The others were just called tepins, and all three were totally different - different heat, one had very spindly stems, one had almost no fruits on it, and was the least hot, etc. This year I got a packet of free tepin pepper flakes from ecoseeds.com, and I got a couple of seeds out of it, and sprouted them. The plant, once again, looks totally different, being very low to the ground, and huge leaves, like a habanero, while the others all had very small leaves. I'll keep you posted - this is the one listed as 200 days! Another I grew was also, and I had peppers by mid-aug.

A friend and I were wondering how hot this little thing really was, with all that heat packed in a tiny pepper like that, so the year I grew the chiltepin aviculare I weighed 10 of our average sized RS habaneros we that we always cut in half before popping, divided by 20, and took the same amount by weight of chiltepins (turned out to be 28) and popped them all at once. Unscientific, but it gave us an idea of the relative heat, which was up there, but not equal to a red savina by any means. I'll let you know how this year's tepin compares.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 7:54PM
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plantersvilletx(z8 TX)

Back in the 50's, my mother had these tepin peppers in a glass flask in some kind of liquid sitting on the table and we would put this juice on food for flavor. I remember she had us out in the country picking these peppers.
My question is, does anyone know what liquid she would use to pack these peppers in? I sure would like to recreate her receipe.
Chuck B

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 5:37PM
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john47_johnf(Maine z4/5)

My guess would be vinegar. When I lived in Mississippi a bottle was common on restaurant tables there. The peppers stayed in the bottle and the spicy vingar was the seasoning.

john

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 5:28AM
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dilbert(z5 IL)

I'm growing chiltepin this year because I need something with a fast burn for making peppered pickles. Last year I used habaneros. The problem with using habeneros is that on first bite of a pickle, there is no detectable heat. Then, successive bites get hotter and hotter until my eyes are watering on the last bite. I can't even eat a second pickle. Hopefully, some tepin will be better for making peppered pickles.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 11:01AM
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willardb3

Capsicum annuum var glabarisculum is the latinate for tepins and, next time you get seeds, check the supplier.

Your plant variation will decrease if you ask for it by name. I have grown many tepins and there is certainly plant/fruit variation, but it is not large.

Tepins make fruit for me in 90-120 days.

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dilbert(z5 IL)

"Tepins make fruit for me in 90-120 days."

What is the time period from setting fruit to ripening? My chiltepin now have small fruit about the size of a matchhead.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 1:29PM
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web_of_hair(ohio)

from what I understand from one place. They are a 2 season pepper. where the second season is when you get peppers.

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nj_jesse

"from what I understand from one place. They are a 2 season pepper. where the second season is when you get peppers."

thats what i was thinking about 2 seasons. but if you started in say jan. inside under lights moved them outside in may thats 150 days there. then they grow from may to september thats like 270 days. why would it no have fruit by then?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 9:22PM
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organic_nut

I think you should have fruit by then but it might not be ripe yet. not sure.

I have some tepin peppers I plan on growing for next season. maybe I should start them now. carry over the winter and plan on a harvest next summer. what is the consensus.

I dont think they get real big so they should be easy to carry over the winter.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 10:00PM
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web_of_hair(ohio)

i guess you could do 24/7 light for the first 5 months, with the right conditions (Heat n water n whatnot) then put outside it might work well.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 10:28PM
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koolguymike

this year mine was planted (seed) on january 20th. it sprouted within 2 wks. seeds from tough love. plant is 5ft tall and 6 ft diameter. tons of pods.... none ripe yet.

thats all
Michael

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 8:28AM
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shelbyguy(z5 IL)

the chiltepin ("chiltepin" from chileplants.com) i grew was a smoldering rear mouth burn that came on slow, stayed a long time, but wasnt overly hot compared to a chocolate hab.

for a BANG kind of experience where the heat comes on like a lightning strike and is gone just as fast, i like the thai sun pepper from pepperjoe.com seedstock. its closer to a piquin than a tepin.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 8:53AM
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koolguymike

Seed started Jan. 20 -6. pic taken today.
plant is loaded with pods. many many many.
top is about 5 ft across at widest.
no pods ripe yet.

Michael

lets see yours

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 9:21PM
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nj_jesse

mike what zone are you in? let me know if you get fruit by the end of the season. what kinda lights did you start them under?

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steelwheels

Good lord that plant is huge. I started mine in March and they are barely a foot tall now.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 12:35AM
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koolguymike

@nj jesse,
i am not to far from you in Toronto. zone 5 i beleive - am close to the lake.

seed started on January 20th and moved outside around end of May. Seeds started in plain pro-mix hp. Plant received little fertilizer the first 45+ days then was potted using a mix of 1 prt compost mix (3 kinds of compost and 1/4 sand) and 1 prt pro-mix HP. INSECT bat guano was added to soil at @ 75% recomended. One week after moving outside it was repotted using same mix but with FRUIT bat guano.

This plant started groing very slowly. After almost 2 months it really started to speed its growth - straight up!

As for lights I used getting larger as the plants grew, 4ft flourescence with (2)cool white and (2)warm white bulbs, 250w mh, 400w mh, and 1000w hps on them. next year i will phase the 1000w hps out. I only needed it because i had lots of plants and most were a good size. Now that i know how many grow I will be better off when knowing WHEN to plant WHAT.
i.e.
lemon drops wont be planted untill later next year.
piquins wont be planted untill late.
pubes will be planted early (very) didnt have seeds early this year.
chinenses will be planted about mid way. They seem to grow slow but January was a bit early.

Michael

ps pic of my red savina cutting in my water rooting june 30 post.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 7:42AM
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nj_jesse

thanks for all the help. keep me posted if you have ripe peppers by the end of the season. plants look great keep up the good work.

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koolguymike

just noticed 2 ripe peppers this morning.

Michael

    Bookmark   August 3, 2006 at 1:25PM
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nj_jesse

i found dried tepins in a local food store and love them do you think the seeds will grow

    Bookmark   August 9, 2006 at 5:44PM
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dilbert(z5 IL)

The seed catalog shows a picture of only red and green chiltepins, but, right now, my chiltepins are turning from green to black with no red. Should I wait for them to turn red or has there been a mistake?

    Bookmark   August 25, 2006 at 1:09PM
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svalli(4)

If they get a lot of direct sun, they will turn black before ripening to red.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2006 at 1:16PM
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dilbert(z5 IL)

"If they get a lot of direct sun, they will turn black before ripening to red."

Thank you.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2006 at 3:34PM
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philipperv

Planted 4 Tepin seeds and gave up on them in a month and planted 4 more. Soaked the seeds for 5 days 1st and now it's been almost 2 weeks and still nothing. What am I doing wrong?

    Bookmark   August 25, 2006 at 7:42PM
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koolguymike

my understanding is tepins are hard to start and can take over 30 days. i think mine was a fluke that it came up within 10 days (1 outta 2)

keep trying
and
good luck

Michael

ps you are using some form of heat to help sprout them right?

Here is a link that might be useful: a seed starting guide

    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 11:29AM
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philipperv

No i'm not cause i'm in the tropics and it is pretty hot and humid already.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 9:43PM
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dilbert(z5 IL)

"Planted 4 Tepin seeds and gave up on them in a month and planted 4 more. Soaked the seeds for 5 days 1st and now it's been almost 2 weeks and still nothing. What am I doing wrong?"

You should plant an entire pack of seeds and expect maybe 5 to germinate. If too many germinate, you can thin the crowd by snipping the stems below the seed leaves.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2006 at 11:20AM
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john47_johnf(Maine z4/5)

I don't soak and you may be soaking too long. They can be slow to germinate. Bottom heat helps a lot.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2006 at 2:43PM
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shelbyguy(z5 IL)

he's got heat already. what he needs is cool. the sonoron desert gets cold at night.

its not about peak temps with peppers, its about average temp and temp differential.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2006 at 4:46PM
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philipperv

Good point Shelby. I've been taking my Naga Morichs inside at night and they are germinating quicker as a result. Will try that with the Tepins too. I also may just throw all the seeds I have left in there and pray.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2006 at 6:59PM
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willardb3

I have no trouble germinating tepin seed....I use bottom heat and leave it on 84-86F.....there is no temperature differential until they germinate

    Bookmark   August 27, 2006 at 7:09PM
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firewitch

I live in south texas and for the last 15 years I've had tepin growing wild in my yard. It started with one bush which I still have that started to grow under one of my trees. I am sure it came to my yard via a bird pooping there. The bush is now about 3 feet tall and about 7 by 8 feet across. Since the tree it is under is rather low, the birds have no problem hopping down into the bush and eatting to thier hearts content. The birds stick around since I have the most trees in the neitghberhood thus depositing thier poop under my all of my trees and bushes. This has lead me to now having over 10 large tepin bushes and probably over a 100 young tepin growing all over the place. My yard seems to be the perfect habitat for tepin (an overgrown uncared for yard).

My reasons for coming in here is. reason number 1: All my tepin bushes are blooming and many have green fruit. 2: I just transplanted a medium sized tepin out of the alley to a pot today.
Soooo, if the tepin plant survives being placed in the pot I am considering ebaying it off. I just don't know how to package it when I do... its currently in a 1 gallon plastic pot. Also is it worth harvesting the tepins and selling them on ebay? If I do harvest them, how should I dry them? Should I dry them? Also when is the perfect time to pick them? Should I wait for them to start to dry on the stem or pick them while they are still fully alive? Also are there any states out there can't ship tepin to? etc etc etc... i just can't find info like that online for some reason. >_

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 11:21AM
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philipperv

Now 2 months later and I see a taproot coming up through the soil. Is this the way the Tepin germinates?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 8:28PM
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nj_jesse

i planted some tepins this year they are doing great seed started 3/1/07 cant wait to see what happens

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 5:31PM
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reyna1(Zone 8)

interesting, your peppers should probably be up by now...my plants put out their first flowers on mothers day and i have several peppers that are fairly large for tepins and a nice green color..

these plants were originally planted around february, and germinated in march (3 years ago)...out of a big handful of seeds only 4 survived ..those 4 lasted 1 year, 1 plant was stolen from me (yes people do steal chiltepin plants), 1 plant died, and now im left w/ 2 plants, one of which is doing great, and another looks like its slowing down but w/ luck should come out okay by the end of summer...

i was a little worried because they looked a little sickly through feb-march, but then i started reading the posts about different soil mixtures used, and found that i really wasnt using enough sand...

originally, i had mainly just the generic potting soil you buy at any walmart or grocery store...but after reading posts i found that my plant needed minerals (some sand)..

i added a several handfuls of sand and a couple of handfuls of old ashes (from the bbq pit) ..and this seems to have done the trick because all of a sudden the leaves sprouted out really nicely and i had some gorgeous big leaves and lots of peppers, more than ive had in the whole 3 years ive had them.

i like to pick them green when they are larger..and make salsa to eat w/ my breakfast...mine have always tended to put out fruit until almost sept/oct...

this year i hope i have a good enough harvest to do some fun things w/ like can a small amount or dry them and crush them to use all year 'round.

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nj_jesse

no i do not have any flowers yet on either of my pepper plants. my bell peppers are loaded but no fruit set as of yet. my hot peppers are growing like weeds its only a matter of time before they bloom

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anna_z7(the twilight...)

Hello, just thought I'd share my experience with these peppers - I've been calling them 'pequin' or bird's eye and used to have a slim elongated version called bird's toungue that we also called tepin but I'm sure they are all just variations of the same :)

My seed came from Kroger's hispanic spice section in a little plastic bag of whole dried peppers. This was back in 2001-2002 so my oldest plant (pictured) is at least 5 yrs old. I don't recall germ time but always use chamomile tea to water new seeds...the plant has been in it's current pot for 3-4 years with no soil change and it has produced fruit in December when brought in for the winter (after being broken by the cats). I always have 'volunteers' popping up in the pot from overlooked fruits that fall in and easily collected 20 seedlings this year.

This is the first year it received a proper pruning and over-wintered in the greenhouse as opposed to the house, so it's looking pretty good and is currently covered with buds. Not as big as Michael's impressive plant above but I think we'll have a good harvest.

If you're interested in seeds, I'll happily save some fruits - just be sure to email me and possibly send a reminder sometime near the end of the summer.

They are pretty care free - never have had a pest problem or any disease issues...it just happily does it's thing.

Although pictured in the greenhouse (for better lighting) this plant spends spring-fall outside on the deck or by the greenhouse entry.

happy growing - looking forward to a little endorphin rush

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oilfieldti_aol_com

Tepin pepper with vinegar on the table works great for putting on greens. Fill a long neck jar about 3/4 full of Red & Green Tepin's, boil the vinegar and fill it up. Put a lid on with a hole on and set it on the table. It gets better & better

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hawaiial(zone 9)

does any one have wild seeds that you will sell me.

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berrynewby

Bought dried tepins from Food City store. Hubby crushed all. Took crushed tepins , planted in plastic shoe box with potting soil. 9 days latter now I have 6 sprouts shooting up. Keeped seeds moist and in the Arizona sun 24/7. Bought more tepins from store did not crush. As an experiment I have soaked several in a tea water. Planted some in a plastic donut box, some wraped in a paper towel, some in my garden and some in cups. will wait to see what happens.

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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

I have done like that before, not tepin but thai birds eye 90% germinated.

My Wild Tepin germinated in January. It grows very slow.

March 2013

In March/April 2013 it got sunburned and lost all the leaves. Now it got some new leaves.

Poor W. Tepin

Thanks for sharing, your plants are so nice.

Caelian

This post was edited by chilliwin on Fri, May 10, 13 at 18:33

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berrynewby

chilliwin- did your seeds germinate in that pot? Just wondering when I should transplant?
Sinse yesterday 4 more shoots have surfaced. At this rate my little shoebox will not hold them for long

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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Berrynewby, I did not, I used paper towel method. I have repotted three times.

After germination I planted in a small plastic glass 210ml, look the following picture. It was taken in February. The picture of March is the second re-pot.

If you upload the pictures, it will be more easier to give you suggestion. In the forum there are so many experienced members, probably they can help you.

Caelian

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 3:06AM
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berrynewby

Caelian Thank you now i know . As of today I have 13 that have started to sprot. I am thrilled. Its been close to 100 degrees and I have them setting in direct sun light. I will transplant once they look strong enough to survive into small containers like u have. I all ready have requests for them. They are very expensive here and Im hoping they survive and I get chilies.

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berrynewby

Photo of my 2 week old tepins. Each day more and more sprout1.

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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Berrynewby, it seems to me too early for re-potting. After the seedlings got a couple of true leaves may be the right time. However, to avoid roots tangle you can re-pot this time too.

I had similar situation with Goji seedlings. Just yesterday I repotted many of them.

Goji

Thank you to keep this old thread alive.

Good luck.
Caelian

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 4:15AM
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berrynewby

Agreed Caelain- they look too delicate right now. Day 13 about 30 have germinated. These were all from the crushed tepins that we bought at grocery store.

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berrynewby

day 15- about 50 have germinated and still going. Others in seperate containers show no growth I know its still early but begining to wonder if even half survive what will I do with all of them?

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 9:38AM
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berrynewby

4 weeks since I planted the first- more germinated then I can count- I gave transplanted about 25 of them. The transplants that I planted out side are spreading. All seem to be doing well but growrh is slow. They do like heat- we have been around the 100s during day and 80s at night. I have kept them moist.

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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Berrynewby, good luck and thank you for the updates.

Caelian

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berrynewby

Read a comment about tepins recieving to much light. Comment was they gar leggy. Dont know what that means but here is a pic of the trpins I planted out side

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berrynewby

Still growing in my shoe box

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:58AM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

I think it is time to repot before the roots are tangle. It is nice to see your updates.

Caelian

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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

My Tepin is getting flowers, I enjoy to watch her progress:

Caelian

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:39PM
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berrynewby

ok will re pot. have to get some pots. thank you

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 2:34PM
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berrynewby

Repoted 30 of the tepins. Chiliwin you were so right. The roots have become tangled. Heres hoping that I got all the roots and they survive the transplant. Interesting note - is that the ones which were not clumped together are growing better.
I believe I have no choice but to try and seperate the clumped tepins and see what happens, since I know they grow better seperated from others. quite the learning experience. Of course if even just half survive I dont know what i'll do if they all produce.

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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

30 a lot, healthy chili plants are not easily died, they can survive. If the roots were tangled too much, I would plant 2/3 together and then only the healthy one I'd keep and the weak one I'd cut it off. I have also a lot of super hot plants, I do not know what I have to do if they yield a lot of pods. When the time come for harvesting there would be a new adventure of learning chili recipe :-).

Container gardening is my new found hobby, I never tired to learn something new and do new experiment.

Good luck and take care of your young seedlings.

Caelian

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 12:20PM
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berrynewby

the 30 I transpoted is only a fraction that germenated.
I guess that is the driving force something to try something new.
All my other chillies which I planted in a raised planter box have died. I think it was the soil I used (expensive ). My next planting of other chillies will be the same mixture I used for the tepins. Which happens to be the same as I used for my black berries Cheap dirt that i dug from the yard and miracle grow potting soil.

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berrynewby

So what have I learned so far:
1 that any tepin seed will germinate whether if u crush them or not.
2- they like heat and moistness, at least to promote germination
3- To transplant when they first have leaves ( in order for roots not to tangle)
4- expensive planting soil sucks
5- that tepins soaked in tea water before germination was a bust

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 12:52PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

I also use chamomile tea to soak the seeds.

Whatever soil/recipe we use it should be well drain soil. It should not be water retentive. It is very difficult to recommend a particular soil to any one. Even a good reputable container soil could be failed to a beginner or an abusive gardener . The user should have basic knowledge of what he or she has been growing. The user should learn from the beginning about how did the soil response to his/her watering program accordingly he/she should do some adjustment. The soil is the foundation of his/her plants.

Learning form my own experiences is very useful to me. I lost a lot of seedlings when I did experiment with different soil recipes. It was fun to witness the seedlings' response to the different soil. Container size/type and climatic condition is also very important to the plants' growth. Using skewers to monitor moisture inside the container soil is very helpful. I use DE cat litter for mulch, it prevents fungus such as fungus gnats. I also use fan for my seedlings (indoors). Re-potting three times in different size containers is very good for my plants.

This plant is ready for the final container (about 7 gallon):

Caelian

This post was edited by chilliwin on Sat, Jun 15, 13 at 15:34

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berrynewby

beautifull!!!!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 4:49PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

The soil is one of the cheapest potting soil, it costs about US $ 2.50 for 40 liter. It is well drain and rich nutrients, no perlite, vermiculite and pine bark. 20 liter for US $ 2.50 is also very good. We do not have potting soil like Miracle Grow or other well known soil recipe in this forum except the orchid soil but rarely available. Most of our fellow hobby gardeners here use all these normal potting soil.

Caelian

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berrynewby

7-24-2013
planted these outside in May, they are doing well.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 9:47AM
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berrynewby

The largest bush u see above is starting to flower. Out of he 50 or so that germinated about 25 are still alive. Hubby has taken over watering and I think he drowned several. But with the 25 or so that have survived we have more then we need.
The ones that are in pots we are giving away. As I said these are waterd by hubby and not doing as well as the ones in the ground.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 2:48PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Berrynewby, it is very nice to see your updates Chili has problems of over watering however, it is not a complicated plants to grow when we follow the basic rules of growing chili.

My Tepin are getting fruits not yet ripe I have tasted one, it is hot. I am out of space and having hard time of moving around my plants. This season I have a very nice garden one of my neighbors visited my garden and they were surprised to see all my plants. My super hot chilies made a good impression to them.

Take care of your plants.

Caelian

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 3:25PM
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berrynewby

the bush pictured above is flowering, just started to open. Its about 2 feet tall. We are waiting to see A- if they flower all the way. B how many the birds get. C how many we get. For sure u can water too much but hubby is happy and if he kills all of them thats ok. I can allways try again lol. Also if i plant them again I have a plan so that when hubby waters most will drain away.

I am planing on planting full garden in the spring, so I will try again then.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 10:58AM
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berrynewby

pic of my tepins, growing nicley and the bigest has started to flower. The floweres seem to last just a few days and looks like tiny green ball is left. Does that sound right?
Will the ball grow into a tepin?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 5:10PM
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Armageddon

yes the ball is the pod it will grow a little larger if it has pollinated then most times will go from green to orange to red at times i have had them go from green straight to red .

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 6:42PM
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berrynewby

Just looked at them and the pods have formed green balls. Looks like we are going to have our very own tepins.

Just planted hatch chillies in pots. Assuming they will germinate any idea how long it will take to germinate?

My serontos have germinated and started to grow too.
My green onions and radishes are doing well.

The amazing thing to me is that I have started all these in August. So I am confused to what exactly is the growing seasons suppose to be?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 6:55PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

It is very nice to know the progress of your Tepins. I think you got the real Tepin if the pod shape is round. One of my Tepin plants has no round pods I think it is not real.

Germination of seeds are very different from one variety to another. Most of my seeds were germinated within one week. I do not know much about gardening, it is my new hobby. It is a very good relaxing hobby I think.

My Wild Tepin in about $2 shopping bag (about 7 gallon)

This one is not real I think.

Enjoy gardening and good luck.

Caelian

Here is a link that might be useful: When is the best time to plant Chili pepper?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 9:29AM
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berrynewby

very concerned or at least concerned as much as a fun activity allows lol
I dont have much confidence in my hatch chillies growing. Planted the 1st 30 from seeds taken fron a chillie on Aug 13, nothing so far.
Planted next 30 today after soaking 24 hrs and planted in peat moss. Wait and see but ill be surprized if any germinate and evn more surprized if the grow

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:04PM
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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

you planted pepper seeds 4 days ago, and you're surprised they havent sprouted yet? my ghosts took 3 weeks to sprout. my thai peppers (the speed demons of my garden) still took over a week.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:38PM
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berrynewby

A few of my hatch chillies have germinated about 8. Waiting to see what happens.
Mt tepins are looking beautifull several little green balls!

Planted more chillies in little containers and birds got them . Quite a mess they made.

My radishes and onions look real pretty too.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 12:07PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

It is very nice to read your regular updates. I would like to know the taste of your Tepin too.

Next season probably I would grow some small red onions called "shallots" they are very delicious for salad.

Caelian

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 12:50PM
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woohooman

Berrynewby: A lot of us start our seeds indoors, under lights, in Jan/Feb so they're ready to go outside in April/May. With many varieties of peppers needing long growing seasons, it's the best way to do it, especially in northern latitudes and colder climates.

Kevin

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 3:42PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Kevin is right, many of us do as he said.

It is real pleasure to see plants growing from seeds, inside a room/windowsill.

Caelian

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 5:13AM
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berrynewby

I live in Phoenix AZ , so even in the dead of winter we are pretty warm avg temp stays around 70 to 80s. We are sunny all year. We do get a few frosts but that is only before the sun comes up. I will cover all my plants if we get a frost.

But because we have warm weather all year I am able to start all mine out doors.
This week we are transplanting all the serontos and hatch chillies that have geminated out in the garden area.
It is exciting to see them grow from seeds.
None of my tepins have turned color yet, but many are still flowering.
Picked a few radishes and they had a nice favor to them. Cant wait untill tepins are ready so we find out what favor they might have.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 5:29PM
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t-bob(west wa)

OK , here is my only comment to you folks......
tepins/chilitepins grow naturally under trees, most often
Mesquite in the wild.....

therefore, when I put my
Tepin out for the summer in my greenhouse, I put them
where they can be partially shaded. This is her third
year and a few are just starting to turn red. I love
the quick heat hit, and the taste.....good luck all

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 1:27PM
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berrynewby

So far we have gotten about 20 tepins off the bush. As of today about 20 more are orange. I have enclosed them, the birds getting more the we are. We have 3 bushes which are flowering. The green chilli planted in Feb has 12 chillies....

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 10:52AM
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berrynewby

Dec 12- Reaping the fruits of my labor. Been spicing foods up with my tepins. Man they have heat. We have gotten about 1/2 pound crushed tepeins from the 2 plants planted in Feb.
The bushes still are ripening and we expect to get quite a few more yet this year.
Really looking forward to next yrs garden.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 7:07PM
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ka0ttic(CFL 9b)

This thread reminded me I had a customer give me a few dried tepin pods for seeds about 2 years ago. I think they would be considered the real wild tepin. Very small round pods? I will already be starting more varieties than I can handle next month but this thread makes me want to add one more... ugh!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 10:04PM
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ka0ttic(CFL 9b)

Found the pods (there were 3 of them).

Quite a few seeds for 3 pods of that size...

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 10:39PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Congratulation Berrynewby!

My tepin is survived from the storm, it lost the main stem. I pruned it and repotted. All these branches are new. What a lucky Tepin!

Caelian

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 9:17AM
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berrynewby

Question? Planted tepins in May of last year. Started picking in October. Tepins have continued to ripen to this date. Now I see new ones starting to bloom. Question is are these year round ? Can I look forward to having te[ins year round. I live in Phx AZ ao it stays warm all year

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 10:08PM
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tomt226

berrynewby,
Here in Texas, if the plant is in a protected area with sufficient moisture, they'll produce year round. I had one area near my place that was about 1/4 acre covered with plants, and never seemed to quit producing. Then the droughts came...

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 5:48AM
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tomt226

Teevoo,
I've gotten my Tepins from www.tomatogrowers.com.
Putting your email in your profile makes it easier to communicate.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 5:50AM
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