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#1 Phil

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:36 AM

One of my bell pepper plants is behaving oddly. I've already gotten a handful of normal bell peppers from this plant. Of course, I know it's almost impossible to get "normally shaped" bell peppers when you grow them yourself, but I noticed this the other day, and it seemed very odd. I currently have about 15 new peppers coming out on this one bell pepper plant, and they ALL look like this. I've never seen this on a bell pepper plant. ANy ideas what could be going on here? Is it possible for a plant to start putting out hybrid pods on the same plant you already harvested normal peppers from? These aren't anywhere near isolated. My yard is a jumble of varieties in close proximity to each other, but I thought crosses only show up in seed from the crossed parents. Thoughts?

 

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They pretty much just taste like bell peppers, but a bit sweeter. Although they're still too small to know what they'll taste like once they're mature. Any ideas? Just an oddly shaped batch, maybe?


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:03 PM

I can't answer your question, but I wanted to comment on your plant. It looks flawless. My garden looks amazing, but my bell pepper plants look incredibly bad compared to everything else. Good job.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:21 PM

They look like the peppers they make peperoncinis from.


Edited by PepperDaddler, 23 June 2013 - 02:23 PM.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:40 PM

They look like the peppers they make peperoncinis from.

 

I was thinking the same. But HOW is my question. I've already gotten regular bells from this guy!

 

 

I can't answer your question, but I wanted to comment on your plant. It looks flawless. My garden looks amazing, but my bell pepper plants look incredibly bad compared to everything else. Good job.

 

 

Thanks, but rest assured, it's not flawless! This is a 2nd year plant, so maybe that helps. And my tomatoes are dying faster than they can ripen. My romas are the size of cherry tomatoes.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:23 PM

I had a couple very small peppers on my sweet banana plant. They were also very sweet but only had 2-3 seeds in them which made me think the reason they were small was because of poor pollination. No need for the plant to form a huge pepper for a few seeds. That is my theory anyways. I have no scientific proof of this.

Did your small peppers have few seeds as well?

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:31 PM

There are some, but I haven't really checked. I'll check it out


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:37 PM

I can't recall something like this happening either.

 

A plant that produced it's first harvest as normal Bell peppers, then it's second harvest comes out looking like crosses.

 

Is it a cross? Is it not? Hopefully some experts on the topic can chime in.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:49 PM

Found a little bit of information to coincide with my theory.

http://www.ipm.ucdav...ollination.html

http://homeguides.sf...pers-55269.html


From what I know of hybrids the entire pepper plant will produce hybrid peppers. It won't put out some hybrid and some "parent" type pods. My guess here is poor pollination. It could be because of temperatures being too low or high. Open up a pod and check out the amount of seeds.

As far as I know, the more pollen that "germinates", the more seeds you will have. So little to no seeds will tell you that poor pollination is your problem.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:39 AM

plenty of seeds.... my best guess is the parent plant was crossed with banana peppers and the hybrid just decided to show up now. A super hybrid, maybe? Capable of producing bells AND banana peppers! How cool would that be?????

 

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:56 PM

Well, there goes my theory haha.

I still very much doubt that they are hybrids though. I've never heard of a hybrid that puts out both hybrid and parent pods.

Edit: Only way to know for sure I guess is to plant those seeds you got from the funky peppers and see what comes up.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:01 PM

They look like the peppers they make peperoncinis from.

The peppers for Pickled Pepperoncini's are Pepperoncini peppers BTW



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:11 PM

Edit: Only way to know for sure I guess is to plant those seeds you got from the funky peppers and see what comes up.

 

I think I'll try doing just that! We've been wanting some nanner peppers anyway.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:31 PM

Some years ago we had some bell peppers that produced a few regular bells and one that looked just like that.  It freaked me out, I thought it was a jalapeno growing from my bell plant.  Eventually we tasted it and it was just a bell.  Are your plants in pots?  Have the environmental conditions changed at all?  Maybe changed nutes, or a certain nute was used up?  That's the only thing I can think of for the whole plant changing at once.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:50 AM

They are indeed in pots, But as far as nutes being used up, I'm not sure. I hit these once a month (regularly) with MG tomato plant food. This plant went from producing regular bells to producing these banana pepper shaped things within a month. And I want to say I have about thirty of these guys on there now. They are getting pretty big, and still just taste like sweet peppers.... a little sweeter than banana, but not much..... but they are lighter in color and much thinner walled than bells are. It's almost like the plant flipped identity overnight. My other bell plant right next to it  is loaded with regular old bell peppers right now. They are both second year plants. I'll post a pic of the larger pods this weekend some time. The trouble is, with the different shape, color, and heft, I'm not sure what to look for as far as ripeness goes. Will they still turn red like bells would? I'm waiting (im)patiently to find out.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:16 PM

Pics from a few minutes ago... the pepper feels a bit thicker, still just tastes like sweet bell pepper, and the ripening is starting. Looks like they'll be a deep shade of red, almost brown.

 

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