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.