A week and a half ago (05/17/11) I noticed four peppers coming in on the two Red Fire pepper plants. Although they weren't that tall (although looking back at last months pictures they actually are) I figured since they were the biggest plants and the peppers would only be adding weight, it was time to utilize the Trellis system that is installed on my AeroGarden. It is a pretty simple device... A retractable spool of string with a plastic snap enclosure that wraps around the plant. It applies light enough pressure that it won't pull the pod out but will give the plants the added support they need. Below is a picture of how it is hooked around one of my plants.
So yesterday, I went digging into the plants to see what other peppers may have started popping up. To my surprise I was able to count 28 peppers total on three plants. The other three do not have any peppers yet, just flowers. 25 of the peppers are on the Red Fire plants and three are on the Purple Super Hot plants. I am beyond shocked at this point. What am I going to do with that many peppers all getting ripe in the span of a week or so. Not to mention, what am I going to do when all six pepper plants are producing all at once? Guess I can't really complain, the more the merrier. Feel free to send mailing addresses to those who want my extras. :-)
On other news, I did some massive pruning three weeks ago. You keep hearing everyone telling you to prune the plants back, prune them to stay in their own area and not get in the way of the other but it is always difficult to cut so much growth off if you haven't really done it before. But it had to be done as one of my Purple Super Hots was being shaded by the plant in front of it... So the rule is to always cut above the growth point, the V.
Looks drastic but if you look at the current pictures it came back strong and the plant behind it was able to catch up a good bit since it was able to get some light.
Here are the albums for over the last month...
May 24, 2011 (Click this link or the picture to see pictures of the peppers themselves)
May 17, 2011 (Click this link to see install of Trellis and the first peppers)
May 2, 2011 (Click this link to see the album and more flowers coming in)
April 27, 2011 (Click this link to see the album and the harsh trimming)
April 21, 2011 (Click this link to see album)
April 17, 2011 (Click this link to see album)