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Jun 24, 2011 06:13 AM

Help growing ancho poblanos

My ancho poblanos are still little seedlings even after a month in the ground. Even after last week when it was really hot and dry they didn't grow at all. Am I over watering them or are they drying out? I really want them to do well because I have big plans for smoking chipoltes this year.

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  1. What kind of conditions are they in? I hope they're getting a lot of sun light. As for watering, I water mine every morning. If you miss a day of watering (once the plant is established) don't be alarmed, I think sometimes pepper plants like the stress of drying out occasionally. Don't allow it to happen too often though and definately don't let them dry out for more than two days.

    BTW - Chipotles are smoked jalapeno's and dried poblano's are known as Ancho peppers and are not smoked. good luck!

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    1. re: lyndak

      Well then I should have tons of peppers. thanks for the correction.

      I started them indoors under a lamp for about a month and they started strongly then stopped. Now they have been little seedlings for about a month now outside. They are about 2" tall with between 2 and 6 small leaves. They don't seem to be doing much of anything right now but holding on.

      Also my other pepper plants in the same plot have had their leaves go yellow. Is it possible they are getting too much sun during the day and drying out? They are getting enough water.

      1. re: Kooper

        Yellow leaves mean (to me) too much water. I would let them dry out for a day or two and then start watering them again. Just a little bit. One of the reasons I like watering in the morning is to give the plant the day to dry out in the sunlight.

        You might also want to research if there is a fertilizer deficiency. Lack of nitrogen or magnesium may also cause leaves to yellow. Don't fertilize with a nitrogen rich fertilizer for too long though, you'll end up with a bunch of leaves and no fruit.

        Although our Poblano's have done well sometime our habanero's quite often look like their doing nothing and then it seems over night they grow and push out a bunch of blossoms. Maybe their just slow starters??

        1. re: lyndak

          I water the peppers when the ground dries out. Should I give them a day to dry out before watering them?

          1. re: Kooper

            I'm going to suggest yes. What kind of climate are you in? Not to state the obvious, but they are getting plenty of light correct? If you're not fertilizing yet I think you might want to consider fertilizer. It might give them boost they need.

            Also, as chefathome mentioned below, I've had the best success in raised beds and also up against the house. I think they are heat lovers and the radient heat from the bricks likely keeps them fairly happy.

    2. I grow in Zone 1a and try to grow as many peppers as I can. Since our season is dreadfully short I start plants several inches high. My best success (and I have grown many and often) is with lots of sun in raised beds (ours are high raised beds) against our white house. BUT the ones that do best are sheltered by other plants (i.e. tomatoes) or grown fairly close together for protection. I also surround mine with milk cartons until they are larger to protect them from the wind.