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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.

Star Jasmine with red leaves???

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 20:02

Jasmines will always drop their old leaves in my experience. Red leaves at this time of year can mean overwatering. We've had stinking hot weather for months, I was pouring water on the jasmine, with red leaves the result. I laid off the water and they disappeared.

New site - bugs

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 10:45

Ya, the email notifications still missing. They come and go. When they return after an absence I get the missing ones en masse including some weeks old.


Posted: 23/08/2012 at 07:31

ellie, temperature is the key to ripening toms. You don't need direct sunlight. A very very very general rule of thumb is that they take 4-6 weeks from when they first start to change colour from their darkest green. Optimum temps for ripening are low-20s and above. The lower the temps, the longer the process.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 17:23

Brutal here in central Italy. Into the third month in the 30sC, with 40C the last three days. Temps haven't dropped much below 25C overnight, with 29C the minimum the last couple of nights. Tom flowers cooking on the plants, the toms that have set are cooking on the plants, so hot that even the pumpkins won't even produce male flowers.

Splitting Strawberries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 18:03

Is it splitting or have critters been having a lick or worse? I've got miniscule lizards - about 3" long - around the garden that not only move at the speed of light but love to suck on strawbs. Sometimes they even get their lilliputian teeth into them. Leaves a mark a bit like a split.

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