by A.J. Coltrane
The 2013 harvest was 22.3 pounds from 11 plants — 2.0 pounds per plant.
The 2014 harvest was 31.0 pounds from 18 plants — 1.7 pounds per plant.
The 2015 harvest was 32.5 pounds from 18 plants — 1.8 pounds per plant. That comes out to 10.8 pounds per box, or 3.6 pounds per square foot of growing medium.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that in the future we can expect the yield to be 1.7-2.2 pounds on average per plant.
The 2015 lineup:
Anaheim College 64 — 1 plant. 1.0 pounds: That’s less than half of what we got from this variety each of the last two years. We’ll plant these again anyway, I think we just got an uncooperative plant.
Bullnose Bell — 2 plants. 2.3 pounds total. (1.15 pounds per plant): Basically a really squat bell pepper. Their shape made them relatively time consuming to break down. The yield wasn’t very good, and that’s before accounting for the pithy interior. Not a keeper for 2016.
NuMex — 1 plant. 2.6 pounds: The NuMex were long and straight and produced a good yield. Keeper.
Iko Iko — 2 plants. 4.5 pounds total. (2.25 pounds per plant): A bell type. These ripened well and were generally trouble-free. Keeper.
Early Jalapeno — 1 plant. 0.9 pounds: Another poor yield from a pepper that usually does well for us. Still, we’re not going to bail on Jalapenos due to one bad year. Keeper.
Carmen — 2 plants. 8.0 pounds. (4.0 pounds per plant): Outstanding yield. Super easy to handle and process — the seeds of each fruit were in a little pod right at the stem. A new favorite! Keeper.
King of the North — 6 plants. 9.1 pounds. (1.5 pounds per plant): Somewhat below average yield for what is basically a standard “bell pepper”. The bugs got to these a little bit. They usually do better for us. Keeper.
Lipstick — 2 plants. 2.5 pounds. (1.25 pounds per plant): We had one “good” plant, and one plant that made deformed fruit. The only other time we’ve grown Lipstick it produced 1.7 pounds. We’ll see if something else grabs us in 2016.
“Yellow Bell” — 1 plant. 1.5 pounds: Teeny tiny bell peppers that ripened to orange. The interiors were solid seeds — we used a spoon or a melon baller to empty them out. Not a keeper.
One thing we “discovered” this year is that long, straight peppers are far faster and easier to clean — when compared to the bell types. I can definitely see that characteristic being a tie-breaker when we choose what to grow next year.
Here’s the 2013-2015 spreadsheet, sorted by average weight per plant:
|Anaheim College 64||3||6.3||2.1|
|King of the North||12||24.3||2.0|
|Hungarian Hot Wax||1||0.9||0.9|
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