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Name: ken balandran
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munozk
Mar 23, 2014 6:44 PM CST
I have sweet pepper and hot peppers growing close .we they mix?
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Mar 23, 2014 7:07 PM CST
Yes, Ken, they can cross if the buds/flowers aren't isolated. Here's some information about bagging the flowers that you want to stay pure. http://cubits.org/salsagarden/thread/view/77865/

This photo was enlightening to me. http://cubits.org/salsagarden/thread/view_post/1026511/
l hadn't even considered just bagging one cluster on each plant *Blush* , so I never tried it. Whistling I certainly will this year.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Mar 23, 2014 7:11 PM CST
Yes they will cross pollinate. It should not affect the peppers grown this year. But peppers grown from the seed of the crossed peppers will be affected.
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dave
Mar 23, 2014 7:28 PM CST

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I agree If you're not planning on saving seed, don't worry about the cross pollination.

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