Bell peppers are blooming again

fritz_monroe(7a)September 21, 2008

I did a container garden this year. The bell pepper that we planted was Keystone resistant peppers. We had a good harvest, but only had 4 peppers on each plant. I think this was because I had them crowded.

But I've grown enough jalapenos for the year, so I cut those back. Well the jalapenos must have been crowding the bells. Because the bell peppers have really taken off. I now have 18 peppers starting on that Keystone resistant plant. These are from blooms that won't open for a week, up to peppers about 1" across.

I think that I'll be pinching off some of them so the others have enough nutrients. But maybe not since this is the only plant in the 18 gallon tote.

Anyone else have a second harvest coming?

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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

For me, harvest doesn't stop until a killing frost smashes the plants! There is a relation between enough space (ah, yours sound happy not to be so crowded) and the number of peppers. Since my peppers are garden-planted, the affecting relationship concerns water -- if they suffer drought, they will pause producing until they are re-moisturized.

You can extend the harvest by wrapping a couple layers of row cover around them whenever frost is expected. Or bring the pot indoors to a sunny window.

A while back on another forum, folks were comparing notes about overwintering peppers. The consensus is that with bright light, they make interesting house plants, but won't continue to bloom unless they can have a south window, lots of warmth, and additional fluorescents. Picky plants. Anyhow, the thing to note is that most (all?) peppers are perennials and can be replanted into the garden next spring, and will start producing peppers much more quickly than a baby plant.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 1:58PM
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fritz_monroe(7a)

Yep, I plan to overwinter several of my peppers. I think the jalapenos, tabascos and cayennes will be overwintered.

I'm going to pinch off some of the blooms to let the plant put some effort into the peppers themselves.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 4:55PM
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