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Posted: 26/08/2012 at 13:42

Sorry, I've got a fine crop. You've nailed a couple of good possibilities with non-pollination and temperature fluctuations. Lack of water in warm weather or irregular watering are usually the other culprits. How does your watering compare with your FIL's?


Posted: 25/08/2012 at 17:37

lynne, you need warmth for them to ripen, not necessarily direct sunlight. Anything above low-20sC is optimum. The lower you go, the longer they will take.

Talkback: How to grow sweet peppers

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 17:31

Well, there you go. Peppers - or toms, for that matter - in containers just don't need daily watering unless they're in full sun all day and it's about 35C. With feeding in containers, you only have to allow for the fact that watering will gradually leach out the nutrients you add when you feed. It doesn't happen overnight, though. It might barely happen within a week with daily watering. Even if it does, the plants need a break from nutrients. They need to cope for themselves. And they will.


Posted: 25/08/2012 at 12:37

If trailing, they're likely to be cherries or something similar, so don't expect large toms. If the weather is warm enough they will end up the same size.

Talkback: How to grow sweet peppers

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 07:41

I'd lay off the water and food on the toms, too. Ripening is solely down to temperature. The fruit doesn't need direct sunlight. Optimum temps for ripening are low-20sC and higher. The lower the temps, the longer they will take. As a very very very general rule of thumb, they usually take 4-6 weeks from the time they begin to change colour from the darkest green.

Talkback: How to grow sweet peppers

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 18:35

Peppers are almost identical to tomatoess in that they do better if left to struggle a little. Tough love or controlled neglect, call it what you like. I wouldn't feed it more often than every three or four weeks.

Looking at the colour of the fruit and the amount of colour on the stems, I think it's probably a variegated variety. Variegated varieties can get very colourful.


Talkback: How to grow sweet peppers

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 15:14

Mmmm. Far from lacking nutrients, it's probably getting too many. Once a week is too often. What variety is it? Some variegated varieties will produce colours like that.

Is that its normal position? How much light is it getting?

Talkback: How to grow sweet peppers

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 12:03

The colour in the area where the leaves join the stem - and on the stem itself - is normal. It can be dark brown, black, purple. It's just pigmentation.

The central vein in the leaf could be the same thing. It could also mean a lack of nutrients. Have you fed it?

New site - bugs

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 07:48

And I didn't get notification of your post, Bev. QED.

There is also an issue with updating Settings which might or not be related. When saving after changing a Setting there is an error message.

Talkback: How to grow sweet peppers

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 07:41

Peppery, is the purple only on the stems or the leaves as well? Some peppers do have some colour in their stems. A purple tint to the leaves can mean a lack of nutrients. As budlia says, though, only water when it's needed rather than by rote. Peppers are like tomatoes, wet feet are bad for them.

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