centralilrookie, sounds like the peppers may have been too wet. I have one tray in particular that it's extremely difficult to get the cell packs out of to water from the bottom. So on that particular tray I water each individual cell using a 3 ounce bathroom cup usually about half full of water. I judge the amount of water by how dry the soil is.
I pinch one plant and leave the others alone (if I plant more than one of a particular variety). In theory that gives me one plant with early fruit and the rest should be larger plants later in the season with more fruit.
I planted my peppers and tomatoes and eggplant much earlier than previous years bec I barely had a harvest last year...they were too small..runty..although started mid April. So, planted celery and ho peppers feb 10th...hopefully that should give them a kick to get thru the season.. when I see two early leaves the dome comes off and I only water from the bottom..fan runs 8 hrs a day on low.. I even started my flowers early..glad that I did. Put lights on a timer. Was the best $15 purchase. Leaving the house at 5:15 am when the brain fog still hasn’t quite lifted.
I'm only growing two kinds of bell peppers this year but I have to say they're the best looking pepper plants I've ever grown and will need to be moved to larger pots soon. I did start much earlier this year, invested in a couple of heat mats, and made sure to keep the lights close to the plants and it's really paid off so far. Now if I can just get a bigger harvest than last year.
I’m planting only Red Marconi because I save the seed and don’t want to risk crossing by introducing another variety. Now, I’m getting a yen to grow the big yellow bell type peppers, just because they’re so pretty and would add great color to fajitas and stir fries.
Seems as if this old girl is never satisfied. Yes, I could purchase the yellow peppers...prep for meals and add to the freezer inventory. But, they wouldn’t be from my garden. Too late this year unless I purchase a plant from the greenhouse.
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I planted some seed I saved from peppers I got at Walmart. They were about 10 to 12-inch long frying-type sweet peppers of yellow, red, and brown. I have no idea what I will get but I loved those peppers. Any idea what kind they were?