Our local Kroger carried the Hatch peppers (both a hot and a milder variety) a couple of summers ago. I bought a lot and cooked them fresh as well as roasting and freezing. This year when I attended Shirley Meneice Conference, Cyndie, a member of the Santa Fe GC brought seeds for the seed share. I was happy to nab a packet. Hopefully this first year they will taste the same. I doubt if in future years they will as the NM climate & soil are so completely different than ours. We'll see. I will enjoy all the same.
As I did with my WV 63 tomatoes, I took the seeds to my sister to germinate under lights. There were 42 seeds in the packet and 28 successfully germinated. They were started at the same time as the tomato seeds, but were much slower in germinating. We did not pot them up at the same time as the tomatoes as they were still very fragile. This first photo is from April 13th and you can see they are still small.
|April 13 seedlings appearing.|
|May 3 and they are hardening off.|