Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to the

Posted by gnhelton none (My Page) on
Sun, May 1, 11 at 13:44

color of the variety selected.

Do they stop producing? Or will the plant produce more when rip ones are picked?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

They will produce more if you pick fruits off the plant, whether fully ripen or at the green stage. They will continue to produce until the weather turns cold. I am in zone 7 and last year I picked peppers through October.


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

What Ikea said
I would just add, that if you let ANY plant ripen completely on the vine, they MAY conclude they have produced offspring and will then be less than enthusiastic about producing more,........to get the most bang for the buck with all plants .....including Peppers,.....pick and pick often, they will continue to produce ,trying to produce offspring.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

7-7-2010

9-6-2010


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

Awesome news. We have been picking when green because we'd been led to believe once they produce ripe vegetables they were done. Going to let them ripen up this year.
Thanks.
Great looking photos to.


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

You can pick them when the color "breaks" (the green starts to show the ripe color) and let them ripen off the plant. I wait until the pepper breaks color around 1/3 - 1/2 way, myself, for no other reason except the wait to fully ripen is a little quicker.

Also, peppers are not very receptive to ethylene so paper bagging them with apples/bananas to hasten ripening after picking doesn't do a whole lot.


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

nc-crn, how do you let peppers ripen off the plant? I thought they need to be stored in the fridge ones the fruits are picked to maintain freshness.


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

Ikea,
You have just shared "the dilemma"
One way, keeps them fresher longer, the other way allows them to Mature/Color, it's a juggling act... that is why he said
"I wait until the pepper breaks color around 1/3 - 1/2 way, myself, for no other reason except the wait to fully ripen is a little quicker. "

you don't have to wait as long, and if you haven't consumed them all by then, they can be put into the fridge.

6-14-2010


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

Yeah, the peppers will ripen more off the plant as long as the pepper has already broken color.

For best post-harvest ripening of a non-fully-ripe pepper you want to keep the pepper at 70-80 degrees out of direct sun with 90-95% humidity. The humidity part is unrealistic as heck for the home gardener. Ripening with the lower humidity leads to peppers getting soft as they ripen. That's the dance.

A couple of days on a table out of direct sun usually won't soften non-totally-ripe peppers too much (I live in a humid summer area, though). I throw them after the fridge when they're fully ripe or after 2-3 days, depending on how soft they're feeling. I like mine crisp.

To keep the crispness of peppers, the fridge is the best place. The ripening process slows to a near-crawl, though. The color you have is pretty much the color you'll still have a week later.


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

Well now, this forum amazes me at the wealth of knowledge here! I have been pondering this same problem, but had no idea that the peppers will continue to ripen after picked. My idea was to pick green peppers until I had all I wanted for the freezer, and then to allow the later ones to fully ripen. Of course, I have a very long growing season...


 o
RE: Red/Yellow/Orange. If you let bell peppers ripen and turn to

i grow for a living and the way i treat peppers is to allow them to go at least 3/4 way to full coloration on the vine- they ripen slowly off the vine and it saves me storing what is not really a high dollar crop.

heirloom tomatoes on the other hand i pull off the vine when the first hint of color shows... they will finish almost as quickly off the vine as on and their marketability is maximized by early harvest since they don't store well...


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here