Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why Am I So Rubbish At Growing Peppers?


These are the last of my peppers that I picked a week ago after finally accepting that they just are not going to get any bigger and are not going to ripen. I checked the packet again and the picture shows gorgeous looking large red and shiny peppers. Instead, mine are rather small and have stayed stubbornly green.

I have tried growing peppers most seasons and each year the results are the same, but I live in hope that one year I will get the type of peppers that I am looking for. I have tried various varieties, but that does not seem to make much difference. I have wondered if this year I have planted them in too small a pot, and I guess this would make a difference to the size. But this does not explain why they refuse to ripen. All that I can think of is that my greenhouse is not warm enough in late summer and does not receive enough sun.

Apart from these possibilities I don't really know what I am doing wrong.

Another similar crop I am particularly rubbish at growing is aubergines. Again, I tend to find that the crop is rather on the small side. With the last batch I grew the first one tasted great, but all the others tasted absolutely foul!! As a result I have decided not to bother growing them for the time being.

Any suggestions for either peppers or aubergines gratefully received. Do you have any experience of growing these that you would like to share?

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5 comments:

Olly398 said...

Rumpleteaser, the only thing I can think of is that your english plot, like mine, does no receive the full blast of puglian sun required to bring peppers and aubergines to bountiful fruition. But, you know what... I bet our purple sprouting broccoli will be better than theirs....

becky3086 said...

I got two jalepenos this year. That was it. 2 So I really will be interested in seeing what replies you get. I take it that my soil is missing something (probably a lot of somethings, lol) but I just don't know what.

allotments4you said...

I'm kind of the same where peppers are concerned though I have to admit the last ones I picked and strung to dry have all since turned a lovely ruby red...each year I hope for a little better success!!

The Dream... said...

I got two tiny little ones! I was impressed as they had been grown in a tiny pot on the windowsill but I can't manage any better when I have a whole greenhouse backing me up! And my capsicums are the funniest things you ever saw!

Jo said...

I start my peppers off really early as they need a long growing season. I didn't grow any this year but my daughter won a grafted plant in a competition. I was interested to see the difference between this and ones I have grown previously from seed, but there was no big difference. I did get some ripe peppers off it though, and I really enjoyed them so peppers are back on my growing list for next year.