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SgtPepper
Jul 18, 2017 6:35 PM CST
I'm a beginner here. Started my first vegetable garden this year and I'm not sure what to think of our peppers.

There are 3 very different looking plants. One type is quite leafy and bushy. Small, very green leaves but no flowers. This one is closest to our fence and gets the least sun.
2nd type is in the middle. flowering quite a lot and growing very low and stretching out horizontally and really reminds me of some kind of giant weed.
The 3rd is farthest from the fence so it gets the most sun. It is more stalky(?) Growing high with much fewer and larger leaves and a few flowers.

They leaves are all shaped the same. But that's where the similarities end. They all looked the same early on but I am getting confused. Might they produce different types of peppers? I did use seeds labeled "hot peppers" which seemed a little generalized to me.
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Zencat
Jul 19, 2017 5:18 AM CST
Can you post a picture? Where did you get the seeds?

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SgtPepper
Jul 19, 2017 5:53 AM CST
I don't remember the brand of the seeds. But it was a packet my husband bought. I think he got them at Home Depot.

And i've posted some pictures. I tried to take one large photo with all 3 plants side by side, But it's tough to see what's really going on because of the plant in the middle. Its seriously taking over. So I tried to show each one seperately as best as I could.

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 19, 2017 8:00 AM CST
The first photo might be, but I don't think the 2nd and 3rd photos are pepper plants.
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SgtPepper
Jul 19, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Grr. That was my first thought when they started growing so quickly and oddly. But I kind of let them go and crossed my fingers...

Follow up questions: If the first plant is indeed a pepper plant, What is a good indication that it will start producing peppers? It hasnt grown much lately and has no flowers yet. I'm not sure its getting enough sun. Should I move it to a sunnier place?
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jul 19, 2017 9:01 AM CST
The last 2 look like persicaria. Anyone else?
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SgtPepper
Jul 19, 2017 9:11 AM CST
I had never heard of persicaria, so I googled it. Saw some pictures that look exactly like the one in the middle. Almost positive that's what it is. Good eye!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jul 19, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Thank You! That chevron on the leaves was the giveaway.
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SgtPepper
Jul 19, 2017 9:42 AM CST
Its not a plant I have seen in my yard or garden before. What are the odds 2 of them popping up right in my pepper row in a perfect little line. Lol.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 19, 2017 11:35 AM CST
SgtPepper said:Grr. That was my first thought when they started growing so quickly and oddly. But I kind of let them go and crossed my fingers...

Follow up questions: If the first plant is indeed a pepper plant, What is a good indication that it will start producing peppers? It hasnt grown much lately and has no flowers yet. I'm not sure its getting enough sun. Should I move it to a sunnier place?


The first plant is so large I would think it should certainly have some flowers by now if it's a pepper plant; but yes, peppers do need full sun.

Maybe someone else will have a better idea about what the 1st plant might be?
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SgtPepper
Jul 19, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Now that I really think about it, I'm thinking the first plant is maybe just a different type of persicaria. The leaves are the same shape as the others just a different color. And all the pepper plants ive been seeing online are taller and less bush-like. I get the feeling I have no peppers at all Crying

Guess I will have to do my research and try again next year. Thanks for the input guys. And thank you for bearing with me, as I haven't got a clue what I am talking about yet. Lol.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 19, 2017 4:37 PM CST
We don't mind "bearing with you," you're doing fine. Believe me when I say we've ALL had weird things happen with our gardening experience!

You might still be able to find some hot pepper plants to buy -- probably at a discount Smiling

One thing I would recommend -- if you want to start peppers or tomatoes from seed, don't direct-sow them in the ground, start them in 6-packs in flats, or some sort of small containers (with drainage), using either potting mix (my choice) or seed-starting mix (seemingly the most common choice). That way you don't have to try to sort out what sprouts from other seeds that might be present, and it's a lot easier to control their environment and get them off to a good start.

We were all newbies to gardening at one time, and we love helping new gardeners get started -- don't be afraid to ask questions!
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Name: Larry
Burleson, Texas (Zone 8a)
fredeboy1
Aug 13, 2017 9:43 AM CST
For a great hot pepper find a "Garden Salsa". They are very prolific with each plant producing several 100 peppers. Very interesting flavor profile with a sweet start and building to a hot finish. Each pod about 8 to 10 inches. Make excellent poppers!
Here are mine
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