Small-scale indoor winter pepper garden

don555(3a)November 6, 2013

Some folks here have huge pepper gardens and that can be intimidating to us dabblers. I grow about 4 patio-pots of early-ripening hot peppers outdoors during summer, and during winter I grow a few peppers under lights, usually in 6" pots.

Last winter I grew under shop-lights a couple pots of some Naga variety... I got the seed from a trade on this site. At first I didn't think I'd actually use any of the peppers since they are wickedly beyond anything I'd sampled previously, but I grew to like them and now I'm down to the last couple pods and I need a new crop. So here it is in its early stages...

I planted indoor Naga peppers July 28 under lights, and these plants just got their first blossoms today, all 3 of them.

Here's a closer up shot of one of the Nagas today, showing lots of buds.

Here's a pic of my indoor set up, with the Nagas in the back row and some cayenne-like hot pepper in the foreground. I've also got a pot of Thai Sun pepper growing, to act as a pollen source when the cayenne-like plant stops flowering, plus some random pots of basil, etc.

If last year is any indication, I won't be picking ripe-red Naga pots until at least February 2014.

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CanadianLori(6a Oakville)

How nice to have fresh in February!

Good looking set up.

Okay, now I've got to know - why is it that pepper people are tidy people? I haven't seen one photo with any messes or clutter in them and I'm sure that we all don't stage each and every pic!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 7:29AM
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jtight

At ~ 3.5 months in, those look good.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 7:37AM
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tsheets(5)

See there, you went and got hooked, Don! Funny how that works, isn't it? haha! Looking really good!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 9:59PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

That is quite a challenge and accomplishment there.
Well done

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 7:05AM
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don555(3a)

Thanks all! There's something tantalizing, a bit delightfully decadent really, about growing superhots in the basement under lights. Kind of like a grow-op without the risk of getting busted, but something that most neighbors would still be shocked to discover that you are growing in your basement...

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 2:58AM
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