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Q about bell peppers...
#86666 February 18th, 2007 at 06:36 AM
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Definately want bell peppers. This may seem like a dumb Q, but I am new to veggie gardens. Are yellow, red and green bell peppers from the same plant? Any tips that will make me successful with them? I want lots, like 10 a week at least! confused Especially red and yellow ones.
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#86667 February 18th, 2007 at 08:14 AM
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I love growing Bell peppers cuz they come in just about every color you can imagine, & look so awesome in the garden! Last year I bought plants that would produce yellow, green & purple peppers... but one was mismarked, so I ended up with yellow, red & purple! (Each color comes from a different plant.)

There are lots of people here who are pepper lovers, so I'm sure you'll have plenty of help as you get started, & throughout the growing season. I hope you have a lot of garden space if you want to harvest 10 peppers each week! Each plant needs about a foot of space to spread out in, & if I remember right, I got 3 - 5 peppers at a time off most of my plants. You're going to love veggie gardening... it's VERY addictive! thumbup

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#86668 February 18th, 2007 at 07:50 PM
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I'll just plant 3 or 4 plants then, I have a lot of people at work that want peppers. But if they need too much space, I'll have to disapoint a few people. I can't devote my entire yard to peppers! Thanks so much. I appreciate the advise. I want yellow and red peppers mostly. I eat 'em like candy but they are 99 cents each at the store!

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#86669 February 18th, 2007 at 08:09 PM
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your plant will pay for itself quickly.

my gramma always grew her peppers in a 5 gallon bucket on her west facing carport. and always had plenty to share.

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#86670 February 18th, 2007 at 10:48 PM
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Johanna,
Some folks don't realize that peppers will produce all the way till frost. I think OK gets pretty hot like we do down here in MS. My peppers will shut down while it's real hot but then start producing again when it begins to cool off toward late summer early fall.

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#86671 February 19th, 2007 at 12:33 PM
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You may need more than 3-4 plants if you want 10 fruit per week.

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#86672 February 19th, 2007 at 12:41 PM
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I've never gotten peppers to produce well. Do they need a special soil mix or any kind of special care that I'm missing. Also my plants aren't bushy. Should I be pinching them back when they are young so they bush out more?

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#86673 February 19th, 2007 at 04:44 PM
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The bell pepper I grow (California Wonder Bell pepper) turn green and when fully ripe turn red. But Bell peppers do come in all colors. peppers are about 90% water...So in the hottest part of the summer they do require lots of water and will keep producing through the hottest months if watered well. As far as any special requirements, I don't do any thing special for mine, I don't pinch them or fertilize them. I do plant them close together, about 1' apart. In my opinion peppers are one of the easiest things to grow!!!

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#86674 February 19th, 2007 at 06:03 PM
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Comfrey, I never do anything to mine either, but I have noticed that when planted next to basil, my bell peppers do really well. Duh

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#86675 February 19th, 2007 at 06:25 PM
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That's interesting. I may have to save my licorice basil and direct seed it next to the bell peppers. I really like bell peppers but they sure are expensive.

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#86676 February 19th, 2007 at 11:30 PM
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TK, by licorice basil do you mean the one named "cinnamon basil" but smells just like licorice?
That's the one I have, and I don't understand why it's called cinnamon basil !

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#86677 February 20th, 2007 at 10:17 PM
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Awsome. Thanks. I like basil too so I think I can do that!


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