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Peppers questions

Post: #265496 JuzaMum
Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:19 am

Hi all

I planted some pepper seeds from a pack of mixed colours. Seven plants have survived the slugs and children and are now fruiting. Most of the plants have dark green peppers (one is light green) - will they stay green or will they change colour as they ripen? How many peppers should grow per plant? Should I remove new flowers to help the older developing peppers grow well?

Any hints or advice greatfully received :icon_smile:

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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #265499 Odsox
Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:38 am

As far as I know there is no "green" pepper fruit, all the green ones are unripe coloured ones.
The pale green one that you have is probably just starting to colour up, yellow ones go pale as they ripen but red and purple ones turn a muddy colour first.
If you have enough fruit then taking off the flowers will certainly make the plant devote all it's energy into swelling and ripening the fruit it already has.
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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #265502 matowakan
Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:01 am

I have grown peppers for a few years now under cover in a polytunnel.
The green colour will change to yellow and then red as the pepper fruits mature, so you can basically pick and eat them at any stage.
I have to admit I have never picked off the floers ,I just leave them until fruit is big enough to pick.
The only thin I do to them is water and feed them with a nettle/comfey mix.

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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #265626 JuzaMum
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:58 am

Thanks for the replies, I am glad that they will change colour, green is my least favourite.

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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #265634 Henwoman
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:07 pm

I've got eight pepper plants all fruiting madly and was wondering the same thing. So I'll be leaving them on the plants for a while as I prefer red to the other colours.

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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #265651 diggernotdreamer
Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:36 am

I started growing purple bell peppers a few years ago, they look really pretty and more appealing than green ones for cooking and they just turn red when really ripe

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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #266498 Henwoman
Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:30 pm

Well - the peppers have been green and large for ages now but have not changed colour and remain green. Any ideas?

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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #266811 sleepyowl
Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:29 pm

It maybe a long shot, but I know it works on tomatoes a close relative of the pepper, if the haven't ripened by the end of the season you could try putting them in a bag with a banana skin.
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Re: Peppers questions

Post: #266813 diggernotdreamer
Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Last year I had loads of little Aji peppers still green, I picked all and put them in a box in a dark cool place, they started ripening and I had sweet little peppers for a good two months so worth a go


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