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Growing Peppers...?

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Guess what? I have THREE Peppers on my one plant! This is the only plant left over from a whole packetful that never did anything. So thank you everyone - I put it outside and it thrived...... but now it's getting cold presumably i should put it bcak in the greenhouse????

For the second year running (the second year I've been gardening!) none of my pepper plants have 'fruited'. The plant itself is fairly tall and healthy looking, and I've even had flowers about 3 weeks ago (so I became optimistic!) BUT nothing else has happened other than 'buds' where I think the pepper would actually grow from. Any ideas???




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hi can I ask where your peppers are?, when the flowers arrive they have to be pollinated either by various insects or you can do it with a cotton bud, lil paintbrush just going from one flower to the next touuching inside then back to the first.

If they are in a greenhouse for exampe maybe no insect such as the bee have been in to pollinate?

sorry if you know this info already but thats the only reason I can think they havent done anything?

either that or you are going to have to wait a bit longer

:o)

x x x

16 Aug, 2009

 

I agree Mookins sweety, if your peppers are inside and due to the general lack of bee's and other freindly flying insects this year this could cause your flowers not to get polinated. As Mookins has said, doing the job yourself will increase your chances of getting fruit.
Good luck.....Ian
PS. Another trick that experienced gardeners do (and I'm just learning myself) is to plant bee freindly flowers next to or near your fruit crops, to encourage them in. :~))

16 Aug, 2009

 

ooh yes thats a great idea
Cannot reccomend Borage enough this is gorgeous to look at, can be used as edible things too and Bees Love it

x x x

16 Aug, 2009

 

Hi Mookins, we're making a good team here, you and I. :~))))

16 Aug, 2009

 

Thank you everyone! I have some peppers in the greenhouse (and haven't self pollinated (as it were) and as an experiment (as it's not been particularly warm in England and I thought peppers needed a decent climate) I only have a couple outside in the veg patch... so I will see what happens! I've planted quite a few bee-attracting plants but have not tried borage - so will do that next too!

16 Aug, 2009

 

Just a quick question Rosie, have you seen many bees, hover flys and that sort of thing in your garden?

16 Aug, 2009

 

Team work

x x x

I also have some in the greenhouse aswel as outside, but am very forgetful so have reguarly left doors and windows open hehe

keep us posted would make a grea blog

x x x

16 Aug, 2009

 

My chillies and tomatoes pollinated well in my gh but I always leave the door open in summer, and also give them a (gentle) shake from time to time. I have seen a reasonable amount of bees this year - not many bumbles though - loads of hoverflies as well.

16 Aug, 2009

 

I always do this to my sweetcorn as well if I grow any, Its very good for 'block' sown plants.

16 Aug, 2009

 

Blimey - you sound very professional! I'm glad someone recommended this site - I can tell it is going to be VERY useful! Cheers m'dears!

16 Aug, 2009

 

:o)

x x x

16 Aug, 2009

 

Your welcome Rosie but remember one thing though, I've only been gardening for two years! I have learnt everything I know HERE

16 Aug, 2009

 

this is my first year and its all thanks to the peeps on here

and many books

x xx

17 Aug, 2009

 

Cool! WEll, I'm impressed. I tried the 'tickling' the pepper flowers yesterday so we'll see if anything happens!

18 Aug, 2009

 

Good luck Rosie. :~))

18 Aug, 2009

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