Once again I tried some new varieties of sweet bells for stuffing and once again nothing got very big. Not sure if it's the type of peppers or my growing skills...or lack there of.Please suggest some varieties that would be LARGE,thick walled and blocky for stuffing.
I'm having the same problem and I am growing Big Bertha and California Wonder. The Big Berthas look like they would be excellent stuffers- they are about 6 inches long but the pepper bodies are not "full sized" if you know what I mean. They look deflated. I am guessing that this is due to lack of water (or, inconsistent watering) and perhaps a deficiency in the nutrients necessary for fruit production.
I too am growing Big Bertha and Cal Wonder, John. Have the same problem as others - no really big enough to stuff. For the first time, I tried the peppers (including a purple, yellow and a red) in an Earth Box with the auto watering system. I'm not sure how I feel about it. The directions said you could put 5 plants in one box. I think that may be overkill. The plants are doing well but the fruit is lacking (except for the purple which is doing very nicely). It's been very, very hot here in S. Indiana. About 14 straight days in the 90's. I'm wondering if that's been the problem even though I put a 50% sun cloth over the peppers and tomatoes to help.
Indianaguy- I've heard others say that they have had success crowding peppers but I can't recall then exact plant-to-gallon specifics. Have you been feeding your plants regularly? I am pretty sure my peppers have not developed like I would have liked due to my inconsistent watering schedule. Frustrating, huh? The peppers are still good, just not stuffing quality. Hopefully I'll get it right soon.
I've only picked a few peppers and a couple of tomatoes so far, and everything is just small this year, downright puny in fact. I think even with watering (soaker hoses) every other day, it's just been too hot even for those heat-loving pepper plants. But the plants look healthy, and they're setting fruit, so I'm hopeful that I'll yet get a decent harvest.
Interesting, Critter. You know, I always hear how peppers love the heat but I think that I take this fact to an extreme and expect the plants to produce optimally no matter what the temps. It sounds like the dog days of summer are too much for the plants. Maybe the fruit will take better form once things cool down a bit, assuming I can water and feed regularly.