Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:00
Similar experiences to you, Mr BB, what varieties have you tried?
I get plants to a certain size, lower leaves seem to die and drop off, and plant fails to thrive. I did have a small number of small pods last year with 'Cajun Delight', but frustrating not to be able to get the plants bigger and more productive.
This year I've got a couple of 'Red Burgundy' growing, and one of the plants is a foot tall and small pods are forming, but same problem with lower leaf drop.
Already got my seeds for next year, 'Clemsons Spineless', so I haven't given up yet.