New Mexico Chili Peppers

Admitting that my cool windswept mountain paradise is possibly not the ideal environment for growing New Mexico chili, I am going to try.

One way of getting versions of your favorite annuals to produce better in your climate is to plant a huge number of seeds and see which plants grow best without worrying about those that don’t prosper.

If you get plenty for a crop, hallelujah!

If you get a couple sturdy survivors, save their seed and plant those the following year.

I have saved at least 1000 seeds from the tastiest dried New Mexico chili peppers that I used last year. I have about 8 sprouted in my window to check if I have viable seeds. All came from a New Mexico farm, a hopeful start.

I will plant all 1000 seeds in a good spot… well, in my best sunny and wind protected spot with more soil than rocks… and see what happens. This spot is a small, flat clearing in my food forest with evergreens to the north and west to block the harshest winds. I will not plow, dig, or disturb the soil.

I will not depend on this as a crop! I know where to buy the best ristra of New Mexico chili and will pick one up when the new chilis are in.

My 8 seedlings will get coddled and grown in pots on the patio.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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