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Old 08-20-2006, 07:40 PM   #11
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As a horticulturist, I should be able to give you a technical answer to this question, but I can't.
As an experienced gardener, I can tell you that peppers don't really start maturing until the end of the season approaches. They need that long hot summer to make them really do their thing.

In regard to peppers cross-pollenating, that does happen, just as it does in many other plants. That's the way hybrids came to be.
In my very first garden, I planted 2 jalapeno peppers in the same row with 2 dozen green bell peppers. Most of the peppers ended up HOT!
That usually only happens with open-pollenating plants...the old heirlooms.

Hybrid peppers will PROBABLY not cross-pollenate. I'm not a geneticist, so I can't explain it any better than that, except to say you never know what might turn up.

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Old 08-20-2006, 07:43 PM   #12
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I find my plant takes 2 blooms for it to be spicy
Well, that could very well be the answer, Jen.

Clive, it is only by tomatos and another Jalapeno plant.
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Old 08-20-2006, 07:45 PM   #13
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As a horticulturist, I should be able to give you a technical answer to this question, but I can't.
As an experienced gardener, I can tell you that peppers don't really start maturing until the end of the season approaches. They need that long hot summer to make them really do their thing.

In regard to peppers cross-pollenating, that does happen, just as it does in many other plants. That's the way hybrids came to be.
In my very first garden, I planted 2 jalapeno peppers in the same row with 2 dozen green bell peppers. Most of the peppers ended up HOT!
That usually only happens with open-pollenating plants...the old heirlooms.

Hybrid peppers will PROBABLY not cross-pollenate. I'm not a geneticist, so I can't explain it any better than that, except to say you never know what might turn up.

Sure wish I'd finished college.
Constance, thank you. It is getting to be the end of the summer....and they have had several sets of blooms.
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Old 08-20-2006, 09:12 PM   #14
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If the later blooming peppers grew in hotter weather, that would make them hotter.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:10 PM   #15
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OK, can I toss in a pepper question? When is it time to harvest my peppers? I have two pots of Mucho Nacho peppers. They similar in size to jalapenos (but are supposed to be hotter). They started out green and now the stem end is a lovely dark colour but the tips are still green. Are they ready now? Can I leave them until I have a batch of tomatoes ready to make into salsa? Can I freeze them if I have to harvest them now?
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:15 PM   #16
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Alix,

You can harvest them now or later -- they'll ripen and change flavor. Usually peppers that have ripened are deeper and less "green" tasting. But if you like a fresh "green" taste, pick them now and freeze them.


Geebs,

No fruit on your hab plants even now? I have tons and they are starting to turn orange. I have about 5 fully orange ones now. Am not telling you this to boast ... just to tell you that perhaps something is amiss..... But I guess that's a "duh"


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That's happened to me before, too. Peppers can be a mystery.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:17 PM   #17
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Thanks jennyema! Will they continue to ripen if I pick them and leave them in the fridge, or on the counter?
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:34 PM   #18
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Jenny, I think the prob with my habs is that they were planted too close to my tomato plants. They are not getting as much sun as I expect they need. I did not plant well this year. Things are a bit too crowded unfortunately. The ironic part is that I expanded my garden by about 60% this year.
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Things are a bit too crowded unfortunately. The ironic part is that I expanded my garden by about 60% this year.
Me too, on both counts.

I got too excited at mahoney's ....
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Yep my eyes get bigger than my garden lol
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