home grown red bell peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Santa ana, Ca
Question by wrogers57
December 8, 2009
I have 3 r.b.pepper plants 2 in shade one in sun, all have peps. one has peps. turning red. I used malathion to save leaves, didnt work. when may i harvest & are they safe to eat? t.u. will

Answer from NGA
December 8, 2009


As the peppers mature they will naturally turn red. It's time to harvest them. If you leave them on the plant too long they will become mushy. Peppers are annual plants and they will eventually die so harvest the fruits and then pull the plants out of the garden and dispose of them. When you cut the peppers, leave a half inch of stem and store the peppers in the refrigerator until it's time to use them. I'll bet they'll be nice and sweet. Enjoy!

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