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Trying to grow habaneros!

CharlieKilo Oct 1, 2010 09:55 AM

Why wont my habanero plants produce any peppers? They produce plenty of flowers, but instead of turning into peppers they just fall off. I was under the impression that they were self-pollenating so that shouldn't be the problem. The plants are doing well since I planted them in April, and the Anahiems growing right next to them have peppers out the whazoo.
What am I doing wrong?

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    lilymex RE: CharlieKilo Jun 29, 2011 12:41 PM

    Where did you plant your habaneros? mine are on the ground ( huge plant and lots of flowers) and in pots ( also huge ) and they are growing like crazy. Are they getting enough sun? is it your first time growing habaneros?

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      pine time RE: CharlieKilo Jun 30, 2011 07:45 AM

      I find that my habernos produce more slowly than other peppers. They're also covered with flowers (some drop off, but others are just slowly producing) but hardly any real pepper production yet. The bhut jolokias are also putting out lots of leaves, but no peppers yet (and I'm in So. Cal., so they've been planted a long time already).

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        kevin47 RE: CharlieKilo Jul 2, 2011 07:52 PM

        In my experience, they take an extraordinarly long time to grow. Once they grow, they take an equally long time to color. A nice cold spell will speed the process.

        The only reason I bother is that homegrown habaneros are melt-your-face spicy.

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          Augie6 RE: kevin47 Jul 11, 2011 06:20 AM

          Reading this put me at ease ... I am growing them for the first time, and I felt as if I got a bad batch. It is good to hear this

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          pine time RE: CharlieKilo Jul 3, 2011 02:21 PM

          Checked mine carefully today, and there are tiny peppers beginning. Finally!

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            lilymex RE: pine time Jul 6, 2011 11:28 AM

            I'm soo happy to report that mine have tiny peppers too!!!! Habanero time!!

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              pine time RE: lilymex Jul 14, 2011 07:18 AM

              "Harvested" my first baby habanero peppers yesterday--super hot and delicious. Time to buy more latex gloves for prepping!

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                lilymex RE: pine time Aug 2, 2011 01:51 PM

                I saw my first Bhut Jolokia pepper is tiny but is finally coming out!!! Congrats pine time on your habanero harvest. I still have a pepper plant without any flowers and just huge green leaves that look like nothing I've ever grown!

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                  Augie6 RE: lilymex Aug 3, 2011 06:20 AM

                  I wanted to grow Bhut Jolokia so bad this year. Unforntuatley I could not get any plants within a reasonable trip.. Hopefully, I get replenished by my other local growers ... The heat from those pepers are unlike anything in this world!!!

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                    lilymex RE: Augie6 Aug 3, 2011 10:40 AM

                    I got my two beautiful healthy plants, frozen peppers and an out of this world jolokia home made sauce from a great Toronto gardener. Thanks a million Ravi

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                      pine time RE: lilymex Aug 3, 2011 01:00 PM

                      My habs are producing like crazy, and now there are tons of flowers on the bhuts. Planning on some crazy-hot chutney. Other recipe ideas for the bhuts? (I can't take that degree of heat, but Indian hubby can.)

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                        Augie6 RE: pine time Aug 4, 2011 05:49 AM

                        I made a peach / hot sauce with them for wings and I LOVED IT. Sorry I have no specific measurements.

                        Vingear
                        Peaches
                        Soy
                        Honey
                        Bhuts ( i used only one small , for about 2.5 cups of sauce)
                        Water

                        I cooked wings about half way , , coated in sauce.. cook till done and sauced again.... just using a bhut about 2inches 90% of people could not eat them

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                          pine time RE: Augie6 Aug 4, 2011 08:19 AM

                          Great--thanks. I make bunches of hot sauces and/or chutneys, so I can guesstimate the amounts.

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            Spicelove RE: CharlieKilo Apr 30, 2013 08:22 AM

            I'd like to grow habanero's too but can't find any seed or habanero's in my area (Toronto Canada). Any idea's?

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              jayt90 RE: Spicelove May 6, 2013 06:47 AM

              I bought pepper seeds from Park Seeds in South Carolina this year. They have a fine selection and great service. The habeneros propagated well, but the long narrow sweet Atris was a fail, and Park replaced the seed.
              My March house temperature was a bit low, and peppers demand 75-80 F for sprouting.
              You could try a rush order of seed from them and maybe with container planting get a late crop.
              Link, http://parkseed.com/

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                machinedreams RE: Spicelove Jun 2, 2013 07:41 PM

                Just found chili plants (about 1.5 inches high) at Kensington Market this weekend, at one of the grocery stores there. Had Habaneros and many other varieities.

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                  ChrisPS RE: Spicelove Sep 12, 2013 02:53 AM

                  We got ours from Walmart here in Winnipeg, try there.

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                  Dimbo RE: CharlieKilo May 6, 2013 06:57 AM

                  A couple of common things that can cause flower drop are over fertilization (too much Nitrogen, the N on the NPK fertilizer rating scale) and excessively high or low temperatures both day and night.

                  I have found habs and a couple of other kinds of hot peppers (in particular, the "Ghost Pepper") to be especially sensitive to these things.

                  Remember, too, that they are actually perennials. A neighborhood friend (I'm in the Florida Panhandle) has a habanero bush....amazing to see, as it is about four feet tall and three feet wide. I have a thai pepper bush that I've been growing in a pot for about three years now. So, I guess what I'm saying is that you can keep it around for next year's growing season and try again if you keep getting skunked. You'll actually have a stronger plant that is better adapted to your local environment.

                  What is your zone, CharlieKilo?

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