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Hot peppers...

Posted by hmeadq 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 29, 04 at 10:50

One of our best "table draws" is a couple half bushel baskets divided into 5 or 6 wedges with a diffrent type of hot pepper in each one. They are very attractive sitting on the table and people will often come over and buy other stuff like heirloom tomatoes or other high dollar items. We sell them 5 for a dollar the first couple weeks, and end up with selling them 10 for a dollar, we don't make much money for them but they draw a lot of people, granted it is a lot of work.

People buy them to pickle, string, or decorate.

We would like suggestions for fairly early (as we live in Northern, Ohio) and prolific production. They also need to be lots of diffrent colors and generally attractive or interesting looking. We also grow mainly heirlooms so that is important. Our best ones so far has been Lemon Chilis.

Any advice on varieties for this use?

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RE: Hot peppers...

Check out the seed savers exchange catalogue if you haven't already. they have a lot of beautiful heirloom hot peppers of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Peppers are such eye candy.

RE: Hot peppers...

Thanks. I have it, we've used a lot of theirs before. There are just so many out there that I thought people might have advice.

RE: Hot peppers...

if you're looking for early, stay away from capsicum chinense, habanero types, and others from tropical places.
As a general rule, those are very long season, and might require heroic methods to get colors duirng summer months.

It is possible, with early planting and optimum growth, however. Reimers has a huge selection:

Here is a link that might be useful: check out Reimer seeds hot peppers

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