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anyone grow super shepherd peppers?

What is your favorite pepper? For me, Gypsy. Sweet, high yielding and dependable.
 

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Gypsy were good for me too, Seed'.

This is a challenging climate for peppers and I probably shouldn't have abandoned them for something new. No pepper puts out a sterling performance.

Sweet peppers: Giant Marconi are real good but not for production. Anaheim do okay.

Garden Salsa performs better than most but I'm a jalapeño fan ... I've gone back in 2019 to a jalapeño variety that I grew several seasons, about 15 years ago: Mucho Nacho.

I remember liking it. Maybe I should have stayed with it ...

For dynamite heat, Super Chili does just fine. And, I have a few Thai Hot in something or other, now and then.

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Couldn’t find jalapeño so went with garden salsa. Worried if they will be hot enough. I c@n cut heat by deleting pith & seeds but can’t add.
 

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2 reasons I won’t...

1). No heat-why grow jalapeño peppers if they don’t have heat. Just use other types.
2). Will not pay Bonnie’s inflated prices. (Yes, I squeak when I walk)
 

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2 reasons I won’t...

1). No heat-why grow jalapeño peppers if they don’t have heat. Just use other types.
2). Will not pay Bonnie’s inflated prices. (Yes, I squeak when I walk)
Amen! I also don't like the monopoly they have on the home gardening industry right now....can't find a single commercial outlet that doesn't stock only Bonnie plants. I go to small mom and pop nursery owners now if needing bedding plants.

Hungarian wax always does well for us here and I love jalapeno as well. Last year tried habaneros and they produced around 100 peppers per plant! Going to try a few of those again this year, as they added such a good flavor and just the right amount of heat to my fire jam.
 

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Sweet peppers:
Alma Paprika
Amfora
Djuric Tomato Pepper
Elephant Ear
Greygo
Melrose
Tennessee Cheese

With the exception of Melrose, those are all conical paprika or tomato-shaped pimento types. In my experience, those are more reliable year-after-year than bells, which I have pretty much given up on.

Hot peppers:
Aji Cristal (salsa)
Bea (salsa)
Beaver Dam (salsa)
Early Jalapeno
Pelso (paprika)
Pizza (winter storage for fresh eating)

Pizza is kind of an oddball... it is a hot pepper if harvested in warm weather, but becomes sweet (or nearly so) in the cool days just before frost. They look like thick, oversized jalapenos, probably part of their heritage. The peppers have incredible storage life, up to Christmas or beyond if refrigerated.

Since I save my own seed, all of these peppers ripen reliably in my climate.

Amen! I also don't like the monopoly they have on the home gardening industry right now....can't find a single commercial outlet that doesn't stock only Bonnie plants. I go to small mom and pop nursery owners now if needing bedding plants.
I share those sentiments. On the rare occasion that I buy pepper plants (as I will this year) there is a local family-owned greenhouse that sells a fairly good selection of heirlooms.
 

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Tell me about Melrose. Growing for the first time.
 

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Tell me about Melrose. Growing for the first time.
4-4.5" X 1-1.5", slightly tapered, thin walls. Deep red when ripe, very sweet & crunchy. Short DTM to ripe, mine started at 85 days & continued for a long period. VERY heavy yield, they just kept coming. I'm not usually a fan of thin-walled peppers, but Melrose made quite an impression, I gave lots away to friends & family.
 

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Interesting as some seed sellers call it “thick walled”. I believe your description over theirs. Thanks for review.
 
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