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Hot peppers-

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.imageimage


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Hi rossi.kelli, I'm sorry to have to say that neither of those photos are of a hot pepper (aka chilli) plant.  In fact, both look like Persicaria (a weed.)

    This is a close-up photo of my hot peppers so you can see the leaf shape and flowers:


    The leaves are about 5 to 10cm long.

    Pepper/chilli seeds need starting off in a small pot of compost, somewhere warm like an indoor windowsill.  They won't germinate in the ground in the uk and are best grown in a greenhouse as they need temperatures of above 14C to grow well enough to produce fruit.

    Where did you get the seeds from?

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Boo ?.

    My husband bought the seeds. Not sure what brand. But it was a packet from a hardware store, I believe.

    Ive never seen persicaria in my garden or yard before. But after googling it, I am almost positive that's what the second plant is.

    Oh well. Next year I know to start them indoors. 

    Thank you!

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