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May 4, 2012 10:55 PM

pimentos de padron (but in wisconsin)

We have a small plot in our shared backyard. I'm dreaming of a summer of pimentos de padron. If I buy these, do you have any advice on how to grow them?

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  1. Obviously full sun...and keep them well irrigated. I water in the morning, well, and make sure the soil has excellent drainage. They're very easy to grow...make sure you pick them as they ripen and you'll have tons of them :). One of the highlights of the summer. Love love love them.

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    1. re: latindancer

      Thank you so much! Our garden is terraced, so I assume drainage is pretty good. We get sun nearly all day. I'll order seeds ASAP! So excited.

      1. re: relizabeth

        It might be late to start from seeds in a lot of places. Can you get plants? Morningsun herb farm has them.

        And cross country

        1. re: Shrinkrap

          If the OP starts the seeds indoors, in bright sunlight obviously, I think the he/she will be fine....
          Transplanted into a well drained area with full sunlight....they grow quickly.

          1. re: latindancer

            Oh, good! I haven't grown padron in a few years, but I usually have to start my peppers seeds about eight weeks before I set them out. Looks like only 55 days from transplant to harvest.

            Here's where I go with my questions

            Growing from seed

      1. I've been growing these for about 10 years. Came back from Spain with a pack of seeds, and I still have about three-quarters of them left. (The Spanish are very generous with their seeds.) They're easy to grow, but make sure you pick them VERY small. If you let them mature, the fruits will be hot, and the plants will stop producing. Water often, especially in hot weather. If the plants drop their lower leaves, they're not getting enough water. Make sure the soil is well drained and weed-free. From a dozen plants, I get a very adequate yield to enjoy for most of the summer. Store leftover seeds in a well-sealed pack, and keep in the refrigerator. If that's the only variety of pepper you grow, you might want to let 1 or 2 of the fruits grow to maturity (bright red), and save the seeds for future use. Let the seeds dry thoroughly before sealing putting them in storage.