I start peppers at the beginning of March and plant out when the weather is safe. Usually sometime at the end of May. Usually, they have flowerbuds at this point. It was a very dry year, culminating in severe drought status by mid-summer. I don't irrigate but try to plant with the spring rains. They didn't come so plants were watering in. They also received some sparing rescue watering and by that I mean, I lugged out some buckets and poured water into their planting holes during the most intense heat and water stress. This didn't happen as much as they would have wanted.
Picture on the left is from June 27th. First fruits are those from early flowers. Picture on the right is July 13th.
You can see from the above photos that some plants coped a bit better with the intense drought than others. Note plant above right is not wilting. As far as I know this isn't an artifact of its planting position though maybe it found a juicy morsel of something just beneath it.
We had a good thunderstorm August 13th and I record picking quantities of ripe peppers as of August 20th though there were some before.
Photos below left was taken September 7th and below right just before a predicted though not materialized light frost sometime near the end of September.
All in all, I am happy with the project again this year. The peppers are early, tasty, and preserve well (both dry and frozen). Since I've been working with them, they haven't been subject to any excessive pest or disease and have preformed well in different weather years. I'm also happy to see some intermediate forms (see below) between the Unamed Yellow-red and the Spanish-Survivor Bell though I'd like to do a few controlled crosses to explore this further. If you are interested in trying out some seed, it is available in the shop.
Spanish Bell Survivor (top) originated from seeds sent to me from Spain. Most of the plants struggled the year I grew them and/or didn't set ripe fruit. A few did so I added them to my seed mix along with a few other sweets that were performing well in cooler/low heat unit summers.
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