Vegetables and Fruit forum: Pepper Harvest

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Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Oct 8, 2015 9:14 AM CST
With fall frosts imminent, I thought I might report on how my peppers did this year. To make better use of my limited space, I planted most of my peppers in 1 to 3 gallon pots. The few I put directly in the ground seemed to bear more fruits per plant than the 1 gallon containers, but the ones in 3 gallon containers did well.

I grew two bell peppersl. Big Bertha had the largest yield as well as the largest fruit, allthough it took quite a while to turn red so I picked most of them green. Colossal did not live up to its name in either size or yield but I didn't plant it in the ground.

I grew many sweet peppers, but the sweetest (good raw in salads) were Gypsy, Carmen and Ljubov Dlan, roughly in that order. A Red Marconi plant (in the ground) out-produced all the others (in pots). Sweet Banana did not perform as well in pots as it did in the ground, and Buran also had smaller than expected fruit in my pots. Golden Treasure and Kurtovska Kapija succumbed to some sort of disease after producing only a few fruits. (The picture is Gypsy)

My wife doesn't like too much sainete so I grew only a few mildly hot peppers. Early Jalepeno, Chimayo and Alma Paprika produced well in the ground but only had about two fruits in 1 gallon pots. I'll try the 3-gallon size next year. Alma Paprika ripened mid season, but the others were rather late.

I started Anaheim and Big Jim seeds, but for some reason, they failed to germinate although purchased only 2 years ago.

I think I found that many peppers do well in 3 gallon pots but 1 gallon is too small. Needless to say, our freezer is well-stocked with peppers this year.

Name: Mary K
Safety Harbor, FL (Zone 10a)
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p1mkw
Oct 8, 2015 10:23 PM CST
Nice report, Don. I, too, have grown peppers in containers. I believe the smallest I tried was 3 gallon. There seems to be a lot of variables as to why peppers do well or not, or at least that's been my experience. Good to know you're well stocked on peppers for a while.
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Oct 27, 2015 5:31 AM CST
I have the most success with peppers in mesh black 3 gallon containers. In MN we need all the help possible with getting heat.

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Madison, WI (Zone 5a)
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ReesaAnne
Oct 31, 2015 3:31 PM CST
My peppers did so poorly this year Sad We had an unseasonably cool summer, even for wisconsin, and a wet cold spring.
My dozen or so bell pepper plants only produced 2-3 sad looking green peppers TOTAL.

My hot pepper did a little better (Chinese 5-color), and we have enough to make some chili with this winter.

Next year maybe I'll try containers?
Has anyone successfully grown mini sweet bell peppers like the "Yummy Pepper" ? I'm hoping to grow some next summer.

Here's my Chinese 5-color


Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Oct 31, 2015 4:40 PM CST
I didn't even bother to grow peppers this year. Sad
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 31, 2015 9:21 PM CST
Gosh, I had tons of peppers this year -- gave away a lot of my bells because I don't really use that many of them. I think you had a lot more rain down there than we did, though. A few years back I grew some mini bell peppers, can't remember what the variety was but they grew fine.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 5, 2015 6:55 PM CST
My bell pepper didn't do too well but my spicy ornamentals flourished.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Nov 7, 2015 8:26 PM CST
I harvested 22 pounds of peppers yesterday. We had an exceptional year for peppers.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Nov 8, 2015 10:10 AM CST
abhege said:I harvested 22 pounds of peppers yesterday. We had an exceptional year for peppers.


Yikes, I would say you sure did well.!!! Thumbs up

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