Saturday, December 29, 2007
I grew my first sweet pepper from seed: indoors and under lights. It wasn't the most successful project, because the plants got too tall and started to grow into the fluorescent lights. Oh well. This tiny sweet red pepper tasted great, something like sweet green grapes. The variety was "Top Girl". I have no idea why I picked this pepper in particular. If there were really short versions of pepper plants, I'd have chosen those.
"Top Girl" sweet red pepper
Outside of the basement, the phalaenopsis orchid is re-blooming nicely. There are many buds yet to open.
I notice that my paphiopedilum is also going to bloom again. My own blog reminds me of its last bloom in March, 2007. Several types of orchids seem to prefer to bloom in winter. Their blooms, and occasionally their scents, are a nice contrast to the cold white winter outside. Mine grow just inside my living room window, with no special care other than the usual watering and occasional orchid fertilizer. I take some care to prevent them getting direct sun and sunburns, though.