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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:46 pm 
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I am growing peppers (sweet peppers) for the first time and have quite a lot of fruit on the plants. They are all green, some are small, but some look fully grown and have been like this for 2-3 weeks. Will they go red automatically, or do I have to do something special? If I just have to wait, how long for do you think?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:54 pm 
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i don' t know, i too thought green bell peppers ripened to red ones
maybe we were wrong :rofl: :aaargh: :doh

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:01 pm 
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You mean capsicums don't you? If so, they will ripen and become red. Don't know how long it takes as haven't grown any for years.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Yes red, rarely they will ripen to other colours like yellow. Just be patient or eat them green if you can't wait!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:20 pm 
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Depends on the variety. Some go yellow or brown or other colours instead of red if you are talking about the traditional Bell Pepper generally sold as Capsicum in Australia. Watch out for fruit fly!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:25 pm 
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Don't think fruit fly is a problem in the UK?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:32 pm 
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:laughing You have more info than I!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:43 pm 
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This is the lady with the rock melon. Funny you know I thought most of our names for veges came from the Uk but it seems they may be more American than us!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:06 am 
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Thank you for your help guys :-D It seems I just have to wait then, not sure that patience is my middle name!

I am a Brit, but actually I'm in Portugal at the moment - which is why I'm growing all this 'exotic' produce but I have no idea what its supposed to do, as the UK is always too wet, cold and grey (until this year of course) to ripen anything more delicate than a tomato :rofl:

In the UK we call what I now realise you call a capsicum, a pepper. I think in the US they are called bell peppers or sweet peppers, to distinguish them from chilli peppers. We tend to just call these chillis :-D

I think my next set of queries will be about either olives or citrus fruits :-D


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:46 am 
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The green ones will go red towards the end of the season if you leave them on the plant. Picking them however encourages further flowering and fruiting so if you want red ones then you will get less of them overall.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:12 pm 
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Eat them green! I much prefer them that way!

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