(04/12/11) One Month in!

posted Apr 12, 2011, 12:17 PM by Mindless Gardener   [ updated May 25, 2011, 11:58 AM ]
So the AeroGarden Chili Pepper seed kit is about one month in now and things are humming along. The kit included seven pods but since it was being planted in a AeroGarden 6, one of the pods would have to sit out. So the six are:

Two Red Fires (40,000 - 50,000, red in color when ripe)
Two Mini Jalapenos (2,500 - 8,000, green in color when ripe)
Two Purple Super Hots (140,000 - 160,000, purple in color when ripe)

The seventh pod was actually a Purple Super Hot... In case you were wondering.

Seeing that these plants had the potential of growing tall, I set these pods up in the AeroGarden 6 Elite + (24 Inch extend-able arm) just in case I did run into some height issues. I have the trellis system as well ready to go. You can see four of them hanging just below the light in the picture. These will come in handy to help support the pepper plants once they get taller and loaded with peppers.

As for the progress, well all six are growing but one of the Purple Super Hots (back row in the center) is taking its time with the whole growing process. For a while there I thought I was going to have a no show but sure enough after over two weeks it sprouted.

I was even more surprised after over 3 weeks that another plant started to grow from one of the Red Fire pods (see the April 6 photo below). While I had several pods that had this happen it was only around a day or so from when the first plant peered out of the pod, not 3 weeks. In any case, I got the scissors out and cut the little fellow (Just like with tomatoes, only one plant per pod).

Here are a sampling of pictures from latest to oldest or you can go directly to the album by clicking on the dates:

April 9 - 5 Photos
April 6 - 2 Photos
April 4 - 1 Photo
March 24 - 2 Photos

April 9 (Click on picture for more photos)

April 6 (Click on picture for more photos)
Over three weeks after starting, and look who decides to sprout up.

April 4
All six growing without domes.

March 24 (Click on picture for more photos)
Starting to see multiple plants emerging from the pods.