We received this message from a reader who wants to get into the business end of chile growing, and asked The Pope of Peppers for some advice. Here’s Brandon’s question and Dave’s answer.
Growing season may be on us right now, but it’s not too late to get started. Dominica Esperanza’s Grow Your Own Jalapeños and Super Hot Peppers in Containers ebook is a new resource for beginning chile growers looking to do-it-themselves at home.
Every wonder how it’s possible to have at least semi-ripe tomatoes in the middle of winter? It’s because they are picked green for shipping and then gassed with ethylene to cause them to ripen. You can use the same trick at home with a ripening box.
There’s some hot stuff going on in southern New Mexico. This year, an acre of land near Las Cruces was planted with several varieties of super hot chiles. Could this spell hope for a struggling New Mexico chile industry? Marlin Bensinger and Dave DeWitt think so. There are even some fresh super hot chiles available for sale!
One pot, 37 plants. Can a jillion chile peppers be far behind? Mark Masker shares his progress on the great Topsy Turvy experiment.
From now through October you can visit the gardens at New Mexico State University’s Fabian Garcia Science Center in Las Cruces. There you’ll see peppers being grown the way the pros do it, and possibly pick up some growing tips to take home!
Before we go on, let’s get a few things straight. I didn’t trade three hundred pounds of steak to a slick city peddler for a few magic beans (it was jalapeño seeds).