So here we are on August 23. I added the basil plant, also bought at Shop-Rite, from a plastic bag in the produce department. Very healthy and a standard basil flavor, nothing weird here, no essence of cinnamon or pie crust. The cayenne is thriving, the peppers are starting to turn red and are hot. My other pepper plant is doing well. Need to cull a bit more, they may do well if it gets hot again.
Now it's August 3 and my cayenne plant is finally coming up with some peppers. Look, there's a red one! The second pot is showing some sprouts. These peppers did not have much luck on the windowsill a few months ago. Maybe they'll do better on the porch. I threw out the bag they came in and I forgot what they are called.
I love cayenne peppers. They are traditionally used in chili and they can be grown on a balcony. I was walking through the parking lot of a Shop Rite in the Montgomery mall and a cayenne pepper plant that looked healthy drew my attention. It was sitting outside of the store and I decided to give it a home. It seems to be doing well, although so far the peppers are the size of a nail head. My Texas mother would be proud.
Editor's note. Although tempted, I brought it into the store and paid for the plant.