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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 26, 2010
3:45 AM

Post #7997307

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.

P
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2010
8:30 AM

Post #7997847

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.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 26, 2010
8:36 AM

Post #7997863

I've tried both of those and wasn't big enough...but then that could have been because of my lack of knowledge to exactly what they needed.
zinniared
Virginia Beach, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 26, 2010
9:25 AM

Post #7997949

Quadrato Asti Giallo is a nice big bell and sweet too.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2010
3:42 AM

Post #7999422

I'll google it
zinniared
Virginia Beach, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2010
10:29 AM

Post #8000161

If you want to try them. I can send you 15 seeds.
indianaguy
Harrisburg, PA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2010
5:08 PM

Post #8003154

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.
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 28, 2010
6:26 PM

Post #8003314

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.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 28, 2010
8:04 PM

Post #8003542

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.

bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2010
2:59 AM

Post #8003809

I had to put an umberella over my pepper pots because they were scaulding in the sun.

I also grew Ambrosia cantalope and was disaapointed in the flavor. Smelled good but little flavor and very low sugar content but that could have been because of the unusual amt. rain we had for summer

zinnared,thanks for the offer.Do I have anything on my trade page you'd like in exchange?
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2010
6:48 AM

Post #8004124

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.
zinniared
Virginia Beach, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #8005409

No, just D-mail me you address. I cannot remember how to
look up member's addresses. I'm in there too, but can't
find it.

Linda
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 29, 2010
6:17 PM

Post #8005436

Just FYI, the address exchange is under the "Extras" tab on your home page. :-)
zinniared
Virginia Beach, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2010
6:36 AM

Post #8006242

Thanks critterologist.
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2010
11:23 AM

Post #8011139

Here are some of my puny, non-stuffing quality Big Berthas.

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2010
5:07 AM

Post #8012650

Would like to know what variety peppers are at WallWorld. Nice big blocky 'un's w/ flat bottoms so they set up in the pan.

John.
that's about whta I got from the Big Berthas I tried.

I don't know why my peppers didn't do better. I grew them in these containers at the kitchen door. Watered,fertilized and pampered.

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zinniared
Virginia Beach, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2010
4:25 PM

Post #8023526

Bigred, have you received the pepper seeds? I sent them Monday.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2010
3:32 AM

Post #8024350

zinna...sorry,got them thurs, J've been striping wallpaper and plastering so I forgot to let you know. THANKS

P

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