Pepper Plants are Blooming Again

Posted on Sep 21 2009 - 4:30am by Mike Lieberman

A few weeks ago I said that I wouldn’t recommend growing red peppers in small spaces because they weren’t productive. I might’ve spoken too soon because they are starting to bloom again and are showing a lot of buds.

I’m wondering if I should’ve harvested the others earlier, which would’ve allowed these to come through. It’s started to get cold here fast with it reaching the low 70s during the day and 50s at night.

That’s making me wonder if the peppers will be able to survive in this cold weather. Guess I’ll have to wait and see.

What’s your thoughts?

  • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky

    My green peppers and jalapenos are doing great, too, despite loads of neglect on my part!

  • http://twitter.com/fineexampl John Hartman

    I was directed here by a friend. The blooms you are experiencing are good news. You may be able to snag an extra harvest before Thanksgiving. Your weather and mine are more or less the same (central jersey). As long as you don't have freezing weather, the plants will work out kind of alright. We should get into the 70s in the afternoon for another few weeks which might allow your plants to set fruit again. Once they set fruit, it's just a matter of them ripening. Once the fear of frost is looming, you can strip the leaves and bring it in to induce faster ripening.

    About the small smace. Chiles (that's sweet and hot) need no less than about 1.5 feet around in order to branch out, or in my cases 2-3 feet. I grow in a small space too, but hardly a fire escape. I squeezed in about 20 plants over my deck and into the landscaping that's never kept up. The plants get about 3-4 feet high and about 2-3 feet wide. You can, in the future, top the plants off at a certain height to encourage outward growth. Hell, you can even bonsai the suckers and train them into shapes that suit your need.

    From the few photos i see, you know what you're doing, so don't let me sound too preachy or whatever. Have you tried ornamental peppers for the fire escape? That could solve your problem with that. They're small and can fit in small pots and even window boxes.

  • Mike Lieberman

    So are you recommending that I neglect my pepper plants :-P

  • Mike Lieberman

    Wow. Thanks for all the tips and info. Will definitely take this into consideration when I plant again in the spring. Glad you left your comment.

  • dawnkelly

    Thanks JP– I knew you were the right guy for the job! ;P

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  • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky

    My green peppers and jalapenos are doing great, too, despite loads of neglect on my part!

  • http://twitter.com/fineexampl John Hartman

    I was directed here by a friend. The blooms you are experiencing are good news. You may be able to snag an extra harvest before Thanksgiving. Your weather and mine are more or less the same (central jersey). As long as you don't have freezing weather, the plants will work out kind of alright. We should get into the 70s in the afternoon for another few weeks which might allow your plants to set fruit again. Once they set fruit, it's just a matter of them ripening. Once the fear of frost is looming, you can strip the leaves and bring it in to induce faster ripening.

    About the small smace. Chiles (that's sweet and hot) need no less than about 1.5 feet around in order to branch out, or in my cases 2-3 feet. I grow in a small space too, but hardly a fire escape. I squeezed in about 20 plants over my deck and into the landscaping that's never kept up. The plants get about 3-4 feet high and about 2-3 feet wide. You can, in the future, top the plants off at a certain height to encourage outward growth. Hell, you can even bonsai the suckers and train them into shapes that suit your need.

    From the few photos i see, you know what you're doing, so don't let me sound too preachy or whatever. Have you tried ornamental peppers for the fire escape? That could solve your problem with that. They're small and can fit in small pots and even window boxes.

  • Mike Lieberman

    So are you recommending that I neglect my pepper plants :-P

  • Mike Lieberman

    Wow. Thanks for all the tips and info. Will definitely take this into consideration when I plant again in the spring. Glad you left your comment.

  • dawnkelly

    Thanks JP– I knew you were the right guy for the job! ;P

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