Wednesday, September 14

Not what they seem!

For a few years we struggled to grow peppers. The plants managed a meagre crop but these often failed to fully ripen and really weren’t worth the effort. Last year we decided to abandon the idea of bell peppers try growing the long thin or carrot shaped varieties.

We grew two varieties - Jimmy Nardello and Tequila Sunrise. Last year both did well with enough fruit being produced for freezing.

This year the plants have grow well and set plenty of fruit but it is slow to ripen. Jimmy Nardello is now  making an effort to run red but I think Tequila Sunrise - a yellow-orange variety would have liked a bit more sunshine as it is determined to stay green.
Jimmy Nardello
Tequila Sunrise
The peppers look very much like large chillies and I must admit to being a bit concerned about that. The seed catalogue - Plants of Distinction - grouped all their peppers together but described Jimmy as a sweet pepper and confirmed this with a  heat rating of zero.

Although the Tequila Sunrise fruit seem to be conforming to the expected shape some of the Jimmy Nardello fruits haven’t read their brief closely enough and are showing their creative side. 

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful peppers! I am planning a garden next summer cannot wait. Love your blog! I will be back.

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  2. You're very welcome IJJ glad you enjoyed reading

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  3. I haven't had one ripe pepper yet this year, they're all just starting to ripen.

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  4. Some of the red ones are now safely in the freezer, Jo. Are you growing the bell peppers as these seem much fussier?

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  5. Impressive crop Sue. I am trying them for the first time this year, I only have three fruit, all definitely green! Maybe I should try pointy ones instead too. Though if they get that inventive about their shape...

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  6. So glad that your peppers grew well this time.
    This year I learned that peppers are hard, back in Mexico they grow by themselves, but here I had to put so much effort to get some.

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  7. Most keep to convention Janet :)

    We had the same problem with bell peppers fer - the plants grew few which didn't get particularly big and tended to spoil before they went red.

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  8. That is a lot peppers from one plant.

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  9. They do make up for the peppers being smaller than the bell peppers Diana

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  10. They look good Sue, I'm overrun with chillies this year but the sweet peppers have been a bit disappointing, they are ripening but not many fruits per plant.

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  11. We haven't grown chillies, Damo since I had stinging hands for days after preparing some - now it's chilli flakes if we need any. I did wonder if it did that to my hands what was it doing inside me though?

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  12. I'm growing bell peppers and long peppers, Sue. The bell peppers are ripening quicker than the long ones.

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  13. How strange Jo - we just never got on with the bell peppers.

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  14. My bell peppers may have not bothered to fruit at all they are so tiny...and my chilli peppers are still green...but I will pick and use them this way...I really don't mind!!

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  15. Are the plants in a greenhouse Tanya?

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  16. Yes all my peppers are in the greenhouse....don't know why I fail so much with bell peppers...I will still be having another go next year with them...glutten for punishment me...lol

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  17. Try the thin pointy shaped peppers Tanya. Ours came from Plants of Distinction. The varieties available are here Just go for heat rating 0

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