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Monday, October 4, 2010

Slow Ripening Peppers


We have our very first ripe cayenne pepper!  While the rest of the peppers are still stubbornly hanging on to their green colors, this one pepper somehow popped its red color almost overnight, kind of like... magic.

Oh, I also spotted a baby version of a tobacco hornworm on this plant.  Luckily, I caught it before it caused too much damage on the plant. I hope that was the one and only pest this pepper plant brought in from the outside.  Just the thought of "growing" one of those hornworms indoors gives me the shudders.

Although this is our first cayenne pepper that ripened on the plant, we have several more cayenne peppers that have turned red since we picked them green last week.


They really are pretty, and I can't help but keep staring at them thinking, "I grew them!"

This post is linked to Tuesday Garden Party.

10 comments:

meemsnyc said...

Oooh, those are lovely! What will you do with those red peppers?

The Idiot Gardener said...

Mother of God, the hornworm? Whatever next? Did you try eating it?

It's things like the hornworm that make me glad to live in a rainy cold country where it gets dark before you even finish work!

Erin said...

They look great!

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Yeah, sometimes you just gotta stand back and give yourself some due credit! Especially when it goes easy on the eye1!! Good Job!

Sherri B. said...

Your peppers look great. I think I will bring ours in too, last night it got down to 38 degrees!

Robin said...

Well, it looks like you will have quite a few more peppers!

Melinda said...

A tomato horn worm on a pepper?! Yikes! That might explain why one of my pepper plants is eaten down to nothing while the rest of them look vibrant and healthy. Congratulations on a great harvest!

Shawn Ann said...

I know what you mean about the peppers taking forever. One of these seasons I am going to learn! Start early! Very early! They take forever if you want them to fully mature to red! And I do!

I had a hornworm on one of my pepper plants but it was covered in those parasitoid wasps! He didn't last too long! But I have had some other little ity bity worms this year that I have not had before that bore into the pepper and you don't even know it till you cut it open cause the holes are so tiny! I think it may be either a pepper maggot or a corn ear worm, or both. Just when you get one problem fixed, you get another!

thyme2garden said...

meemsnyc - we haven't actually gotten around to using any red peppers yet, but we'll figure out a way to toss in a bit here and there to add heat to various dishes. If I come up with any good recipes, I'll share!

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The Idiot Gardener - well, I first put it on my tongue to see if it would squirm, and... No, I'm totally kidding. I brought it outside and it met a quick death by the bottom of my shoe.

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Erin - thank you!

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The Apple Pie Gal - Thanks!!

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Sherri B - Thank you! It sounds like your weather is right on par with ours right now!

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Robin - I'm curious to see if all the green peppers will eventually turn red. Otherwise, we'll just pick them green and be happy with them regardless.

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Melinda - this was a tobacco hornworm, which is a closely related species to the tomato hornworm. My research tells me that they don't discriminate between different solanum species (tomatoes, peppers, etc), so it's very possible that one of them ate your pepper plant.

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Shawn Ann - next year, we'll both start them early and have beautiful ripe peppers by summertime! I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing pepper maggots or corn ear worms, but I'm sure they will all find my garden sooner or later.

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