Answer: In a 14 inch pot I would expect to see no more than about three plants at the most. This is a plant that likes sun and good air circulation. Healthy plants would never need staking.
If they are too crowded they will not be healthy. They will be tall and leggy and weak, they will compete with each other for sun, water, nutrients and root space. When too crowded they will not produce many - if any - peppers.
How long to expect peppers depends on the variety you planted (the seed packet should tell you days to harvest) but a typical time frame would be about 70 to 80 days after planting. If growing conditions are less than optimum it will take longer. Once they begin to bloom you should see peppers soon. But, if nights are cool (below 55 degrees) they will not set fruit.
Fresh peppers keep for only a limited time. The following page gives instructions on how to freeze peppers at home, they can also be pickled.
Enjoy your peppers!
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