Peppers, when to pick?

perrynewbeginingJuly 12, 2011

We planted Green, Red, Yellow, Mexibell, Cajun, and Fahitta peppers. How long do you wait to pick? Is there a length of time you should wait before picking? Are they supposed to change colors before picking? I'm asking because our peppers have been a really nice size and looking beautiful, so I am concerned about it roughting before it's picked. So how do you know when to pick them?


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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Pick as they become the desired color, same for tomatoes. If you arne't sure, google the tomato and get a good look at "ripe" and even google "over ripe" for the tomato variety. The first year I grew black tomatoes we had a few very overripe guys...I kept thinking the shoulders should be growing darker purple instead of darker green....!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 9:35PM
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Once a pepper starts to show it's color (aka, "breaking color") you can cut it and let it continue to ripen to color over a few days. It's not useful to add any type of ripening trick on peppers because they aren't very ethylene receptive...just leave them on a counter. You can put them in them in the fridge at any time and they'll keep for a week or two (usually closer to 2...even longer if you don't mind the peppers soft).

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 9:35PM
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lonmower(zone8 Western Oregon)

I am not an expert (by any means) I am NOT Dr. Pepper!!!

However...the technique that has worked for me is that a pepper is ready to harvest when its' stem becomes easily detached from the branch that it is growing on. To test this...take a pepper you know IS NOT ripe and gently pull up on it. It will stay attached to the plant. Now try one you think might be ripe. If it is, it will quickly detach, if not leave it on for a while and come back and test it again.

I hope that this helps!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 9:59PM
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I do what lonmower does. With some peppers I wait for the color change, but I use a lot of them in the green stage also and I pick them when they easily break from the vine.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 11:13PM
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branik(USDA 5b/6 SS 35/41 AHS 5/6)

I also pick them when they easily detach from the plant.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 1:27PM
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Thank you everyone for your helpful responses. That's why I love coming to this site, and don't mind asking the questions. Because everybody loves gardening and learning as much as we do and are more than happy to share their experiences.

R. Perry

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 10:53PM
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