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#1 of 7 Old 01-06-2008, 06:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a capsicum (bell pepper) plant in a pot, which recently produced a single tiny green capsicum. I left the fruit for a few days, and today when I was watering it noticed that it had doubled in size and turned dark purple! It was from a 'mixed' kind of seeds, so purple makes sense, but anyway. Should I pick it now it's purple, or wait for... what? It's very small (maybe 4 or 5 cm), but I suspect that's just because I put it in too small a pot, and didn't have a chance to transplant it when we moved house. It isn't likely to get any bigger now it's changed colour, surely?

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From what I understand, purple is actually an 'unripe' color. Container size should affect overall plant size but not the fruit size. That's tiny for a bell pepper and I would think it'd get bigger if you wait a bit.
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Really? Whoa. So it's been green and now purple... is there any way to tell what colour it'll turn out?

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It'll probably end up red.
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The hubby and I go around & around about this! We had litterally hundreds of peppers this year, our spring plants just wouldn't quit until November, we got several huge harvests from each plant. The not so scientific opinion , if you really want to use this pepper then use it by all means, however if you are just super curious and really want to see the thing change colors go for it! dh left some peppers on the plants for so long that they were just yucky. The arguments we had, I mean who fusses over something like a pepper? apparently we do!
Could it be a purple peruvian? http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_...item_no=S10787
It would turn red eventually, and eventually could be longer than you may want to wait!
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woops, you said it was a bell pepper, that one wouldn't be a bell.
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Yeah, it's not the same shape as the one you linked to, but it is the same colour--that really dark purple. It's hard to imagine it turning red from that colour! I've decided to wait and see for the time being, as I have no immediate culinary need for a miniscule purple pepper.

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