Posted by: Dave DeWitt on Jul 04, 2011
Marlin Bensinger reports on his field of 'New Mexico Scorpion' chiles in a field near Las Cruces: "The peppers are starting to get their growth spurt. Most peppers are 9 to 10 inches tall. No blossoms yet but probably will see some in a week or so. No signs of disease or pests so far. The biggest problem is always weeds. This field had alfalfa on it before this. So, the weed population was quite substantial. The tractor/cultivator gets most of the weeds between the rows but there is still need for hoeing and hand pulling of weeds between the plants. Weeding will become less of a problem as the peppers get taller and bushier. We expect the majority of the peppers will grow to be about 30 to 36 inches tall (hopefully by the end of July). This field is looking very promising for a couple of non-farmers participating in the details of growing." My plants in Albuquerque are just a couple of inches behind Marlin's and I have some blooming '7-Pot' chiles!