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Casie Becker
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I'm putting together my spring seed order right now and am trying to decide which sweet peppers to get. In the past we always seem to get small peppers when we attempt bell peppers. Last year I planted miniature pepper plants and still have one in the ground and one in a pot that we're experimenting with overwintering. So far both plants were more vigorous and productive than their larger relatives. I'm leaning towards planting only small varieties of sweet peppers this year. Has anyone here ever had great success with bell peppers in a mostly arid 8B climate? If I had a good variety suggestion may I get it just because I know my mother likes when she can get 'grocery store' produce from our own plants. Otherwise she'll have to find satisfaction from the unique varieties we'll have.

Thank you.

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Tyler Ludens
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I've had more success with Banana Peppers.
 
Casie Becker
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That's kinda what I'm expecting. I've seen lots of comments on other gardening sites from Texas gardeners who say they've given up on the large sweet peppers. One jalapeno plant can more than meet my family's needs, but we've trained our girls to eat sweet peppers like candy. I guess I'll try all three small varieties next year.
 
Nic Foro
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I'm in Texas 8B, east of Austin.

I had good results from: Lilac Peppers (purple), Purple Beauty peppers, Either Albino Bullnose or white cloud Peppers, Banana peppers, cubanelle peppers (Very late planting and now producing in the greenhouse.), green bullnose peppers (I think), some salvaged Jalapenos which kept producing in pots for me, and Cherry peppers. Cayenne & tiny Thai peppers (greenhouse to keep them away from the sweet ones.) Last year we had some Paprika peppers which grew alright.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/93auty2eu5km9mr/IMG_20151225_124939_741.jpg?dl=0 (A tiny Thai pepper... yeah its small, seeds for this coming year.)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7lk5ptgxgor00sh/IMG_20151016_140649_292.jpg?dl=0 (Varieties during a harvest)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/de5rva0jbqqz1nb/Seeds.jpg?dl=0 (Order list)

Here is everything I ordered for this next year seed wise. etc. Don't know what peppers will or won't grow well here except the stuff I listed, I usually shop at Baker Creek AKA Rareseeds, they send a nice catalog. They sent me a few extra "gift" seed packets with my order which was nice. I ordered hot pepper too this year and a lot of new stuff I haven't grown yet so read the descriptions on them and see if you want them.

Peppers like HEAT and WATER, lots of both, they also seem to like composed cow pies so I suggest finding someone that grazes cattle and scraping some up.

Unrelated but free press because they sent me some Cascade delight to try. I have more Raspberry root stock, elder berry trees, and a few plants coming from them this year.
http://www.scenichillfarmnursery.com/

Hope its helpful
 
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