Ask a Question forum: do peppers cross pollinate?

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Name: ken balandran
Chino (Zone 10a)
Region: California
Mar 23, 2014 6:44 PM CST
I have sweet pepper and hot peppers growing close .we they mix?
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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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.

This photo was enlightening to me.
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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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.

Name: Dave Whitinger
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Mar 23, 2014 7:28 PM CST Admin

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

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