When to pick capsicum (bell pepper)? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 7 Old 01-06-2008, 06:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
Smokering's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 8,613
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
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?

If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.

Smokering is offline  
#2 of 7 Old 01-06-2008, 01:39 PM
 
darkpear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
darkpear is offline  
#3 of 7 Old 01-06-2008, 06:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
Smokering's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 8,613
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Really? Whoa. So it's been green and now purple... is there any way to tell what colour it'll turn out?

If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.

Smokering is offline  
#4 of 7 Old 01-07-2008, 12:34 AM
 
darkpear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It'll probably end up red.
darkpear is offline  
#5 of 7 Old 01-07-2008, 01:35 AM
 
jessaries's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: wacky little home in central texas
Posts: 542
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
jessaries is offline  
#6 of 7 Old 01-07-2008, 12:00 PM
 
jessaries's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: wacky little home in central texas
Posts: 542
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
woops, you said it was a bell pepper, that one wouldn't be a bell.
jessaries is offline  
#7 of 7 Old 01-07-2008, 07:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
Smokering's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 8,613
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
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.

If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.

Smokering is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off