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The 2005 section of Mike's Pepper Garden contains information specific to the 2005 growing season, including seed and supplier information, specific plans for indoor germination and transplanting to the garden, and germination and growth data summaries for the Author's 2005 crop of chile peppers. This section of the site also contains topical articles from the 2005 season.

The 2005 crop will be grown in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, northwest of Wilmington (agricultural zone 8).

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Chile (and tomato) seedlings for the 2005 season in a heated germination box under fluorescent lights.
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Chile seedlings for the 2005 season, after first repotting, under fluorescent lights.
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Potted pepper plants sit in the afternoon shade at 93 days.
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Pepper plants in their square foot plot 28 days after transplanting (85-day-old plants).
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This Season's Varieties
Bermuda, Anaheim TMR23, Big Bertha, Golden Habanero, Mirasol, Prairie Fire, Thai, Yellow Jellybean, Golden Calwonder, Tepin, Mongrel, Fish Pepper, Marbles, Chicken Heart

Plans and Data
Plan for 2005
Seeds for 2005
Grower's Log for 2005
Status Archive

Current Status (23 May 2005)
The peppers are outdoors! The 10 plants that remained in 16 oz. cups were transplanted to 6" clay pots and gradually moved outdoors in accordance with the Plan for 2005 on 9 May and 11 May (79 and 81 days). The first plant to flower was a Prairie Fire (60 days), followed by two Bermudas (68 and 70 days). The first plant to set fruit was a Bermuda (70 days). By 23 May (93 days), of 17 potted plants, 53% had flowered and 41% had set fruit, and of 12 plants in the square foot garden, 67% had flowered and 58% had set fruit. The Bermudas were by far the most advanced in terms of fruit size.

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