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when will they ripen?

Posted by andyandy 6bMI (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 16:41

I think i ask this every year and get differnt answers. What tells the pod to change color? I have a cayanne with 50-60 pods, a carolina reaper with about 18-20, a ghost with 20 or so, a couple of types of Habs (these are 3 years old, big plants, with doznes and dozens of pods, and a ghost-hab cross (also 3 years old and huge) with dozens of pods. Not one of them has a hint of changing color. Then Friday I bought what was called a "hot-sweet pepper) that was discounted at a local nursery. it had one pepper (about 1/2 the size of a bell pepper and the same shape) that was completely green. I re-potted it Friday night and by Sunday it was turing red. This is the part of the growing seans that drives me crazy, WAITING)

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RE: when will they ripen?

I feel ya, seems like I've been waiting forever lol! I have 4 large Cheyenne pods that are almost all red I don't want to cut them to soon though.

RE: when will they ripen?

I've been staring at green pods for weeks upon weeks and I'm finally starting to get flushes of color, slow at first but now its becoming a lot. I'm really starting to really see what I planted and realizing why everyone looks at me like I'm crazy when they see my garden. Do I regret any of it, absolutely not, will I do it differently next season, absolutely! Bigger!! haha

But to answer what cues that change.... I have know idea. Its like the watched pot. Peppers are shy.

RE: when will they ripen?

I think when the fruit (like tomato and pepper) reach a mature size and starts changing color , it does not need any help from the mother plant. If you check the stem, it is almost hard and woody.
The ripening process is an internal change inside the fruit. I have purchased different peppers with a hint of color, let it sit on the counter and they turned beautiful red ( Serrano, Jalapeno, shishito, Gypsy ...). And I have saved seeds from them and have planted and all have germinated. Also, flavor develops while air drying a hot pepper.

RE: when will they ripen?

I bought a Burpee "Sweet to Spicy) Friday that had one green pepper on it. Re-potted it and now it is almost completely red. One thing the label said that seemed odd id it said it would be more spicy green than red (that said only about 300 on the scoville scale. I'll be eating it in the next day or two and see. other than that everything is still green

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