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Name: Rachel Landesfeind
Long Beach, CA
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Aug 5, 2017 8:54 PM CST
I'm new to gardening, and started a small vegetable garden two weeks ago. I planted six young bell pepper plants, two each of yellow, red and orange peppers. The yellow pepper plants came with small peppers already forming, but neither the plants nor the peppers themselves have grown or changed at all since I planted them. The red and orange pepper plants are growing and producing blossoms. I also planted tomato plants, which have grown significantly and are starting to flower. I'm in Southern California where it has been about 85-90 degrees and mildly humid. I water my garden daily. Am I doing something wrong with my peppers, or do I just need to be patient?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 5, 2017 10:19 PM CST
Welcome!

One of the first lessons you will learn as a gardener is how to be patient. Your bell peppers are a long way from being ripe - maybe in about a month. Maybe ...
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Weedwhacker
Aug 6, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, Rachel ( @rlandesfeind )

I agree that you "just need to be patient" as far as the plants growing and the peppers maturing to yellow, orange, etc. However, the peppers are perfectly usable at the green stage, and picking some of those may stimulate the plants to set more fruit (at least, that's been my experience). Smiling
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greene
Aug 6, 2017 8:54 AM CST
I had been taught that if a plant comes with fruit already forming that the fruit should be removed to give the plant a chance to develop more roots and get settled in the ground. But I agree with everyone. A gardener needs to be patient. Expecting something to ripen in only two weeks...well. Whistling Sit back, have a glass of lemonade, watch the bees and butterflies, and eventually, the peppers will ripen for you. Thumbs up
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Weedwhacker
Aug 6, 2017 11:22 AM CST
I've never had the fortitude to take even tiny peppers off my plants before transplanting, never mind big, nearly fully-grown ones! (even though I know that is generally recommended.) Blinking
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 6, 2017 11:35 AM CST
I agree with Sandy that I would take those peppers off and use them green. If the plants haven't put on any new growth since you planted them, that's an indication that they're putting all their energy into those fruits.

But bell peppers do take a very long time to ripen to their mature color, especially the first fruits. The bigger the plant, the more and faster the fruits develop. That plant with the two peppers in your picture needs to grow more.

What are doing for them as far as fertilizer goes? You do need to feed plants if you want them to feed you.
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Name: Rachel Landesfeind
Long Beach, CA
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Aug 6, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Thank you for the responses! To clarify, I'm not really expecting the fruit to be ripe yet, I'm more concerned that the two yellow pepper plants don't seem to be doing as well as the rest of my plants. All the others have grown significantly and produced new leaves/blossoms, but these two are static. I will give it time. I'm just super excited about watching my garden grow 😀
Name: Rachel Landesfeind
Long Beach, CA
rlandesfeind
Aug 6, 2017 11:46 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:I agree with Sandy that I would take those peppers off and use them green. If the plants haven't put on any new growth since you planted them, that's an indication that they're putting all their energy into those fruits.

What are doing for them as far as fertilizer goes? You do need to feed plants if you want them to feed you.


I have MiracleGro garden feeder spray but I haven't used it yet. What do you suggest?

I was hesitant to pick the peppers but if y'all think I should, I'll do it
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 6, 2017 11:50 AM CST
If you're going to use Miracle Gro for feeding those plants, they will need to be fed at least every second week. Soluble fertilizer doesn't stay around in the soil for very long, and also gets washed away by subsequent watering. A better choice would be a pellet-type timed release fertilizer - something that says "feeds for up to 4 months" or similar on the label.

If you have more than one pepper plant with fruits, try taking them off one plant and leave them on the other so you can see clearly if it helped or not. But fertilize right away!
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Name: Rachel Landesfeind
Long Beach, CA
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Aug 6, 2017 12:30 PM CST
Thank you! I'll look for a better fertilizer. Thank You!
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DaisyI
Aug 6, 2017 2:29 PM CST
rlandesfeind said:Thank you for the responses! To clarify, I'm not really expecting the fruit to be ripe yet, I'm more concerned that the two yellow pepper plants don't seem to be doing as well as the rest of my plants. All the others have grown significantly and produced new leaves/blossoms, but these two are static. I will give it time. I'm just super excited about watching my garden grow 😀


Then your original question was answered: The yellow pepper plant is putting all its energy into ripening those peppers. Plants really only have one purpose in their lives and that is to make enough seed to insure a next generation. Get rid of the peppers and the plant will refocus its energy on growing new peppers and, at the same time, the plant will get bigger to support the new fruit.

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Philipwonel
Aug 6, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Well ! Rachel ???
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Mizshelli
Aug 7, 2017 5:40 AM CST
Peppers are pokey. They like to take their time to grow. Honestly, I would snip off the peppers that were on the plant already (Yes, it pains me as well). The stronger the root system, the better your peppers will be. Also, please don't water them every day. Peppers (in my experience) that get over-watered have a tendency to get rot. I lost 3 plants last year because I didn't know this. A good fertilizer (organic is better for edibles), a little time, and you'll have peppers coming out of your ears in no time. Yellow is the fastest color for peppers after green, so once the peppers have gotten big, you'll see color changes. It took my red peppers about a month last year to turn red after they were full sized!!! They almost didn't make it (it was the end of September!)
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