How long do chillies ripen

Sam_HawkinsJuly 17, 2013

How long does it in average take for a chilli pepper to ripen from the point the blossom drops? Also, should I let them turn the color entirely or pick them when they only start to turn color? I have read somewhere that you should pick them earlier in order not to halt the production of new buds

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tony469(modesto zone 9)

All depends ,my experience mild chilies ripen faster than the hotter ones.i would say a month to a month also plays a factor....I would let them stay on the plant ripe as they build heat and flavor..just don't let them start to wrinkle unless u plan on drying them..example a green habenaro will taste like a bell pepper and a ripe one burn your tongue off.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 4:28PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

And then there's jalapenos that can take so long to color that people don't bother to wait...

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 5:53PM
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My Congo Reds take a about month to turn color after reaching full size. Once they've decided to get red, then I wait another 2-3 weeks before picking. It's true, the longer they stay on the tree the hotter they become.

Although the Congos are on average only 50-70% the heat of Bhuts, a few clearly exceed that average when left on the branch longer.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 7:46PM
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Patience is a virtue in chile growing

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 8:49AM
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