Q: Hello Dave:
I started growing chile pepper plants about a month ago now. Most of them seem to be doing quite well except for my Red Savina and Hawaiian sweet-hots. I know these have long growing seasons, but are they slow starters?
A: Hello Michael:
The rate of growth of chiles varies widely among varieties and individual plants. This is called plant vigor and seems to be a combination of genetics and environment. Sometimes slow starters will really take off later in the season and catch up with the other plants. Sometimes they just lack vigor and do not produce well. It’s all part of the wonders of nature.