[gardeners] Re: pepper plant size

Thomas Giannou (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 17 Oct 1998 09:33:25 -0700

Hi,  I'm new to this particular list service, and I have an unusual plant
growing in my living room and have a few questions...

What I did is plant a green bell pepper plant in early June of 98 and I
inoculated it with a teaspoon of mycorrhiza fungi.  I live in a zone 5 area
here in Spokane, Wa.  Usually, green peppers don't grow well here, but with
mycorrhiza fungi present, I got four "safeway sized" peppers the first of
August.  We left one on the plant and it turned red and then we picked and
ate it.  I love peppers!  Next year, I'll be growing more for sure!

Anyway, after harvesting the four peppers, the plant continued to grow and
it blossomed again.  September this year was nice weather and by the time
the first of October came, there were a lot of peppers on that plant.   Here
it is October 17, and we have had quite a few evening frosts.  After the
first frost, I decided to dig the pepper plant up and bring it into the
house and put a couple of grow lights on it.  It lost a few leaves due to
that first frost, but now is doing great.

After all that... finally my question is getting closer...  the plant has a
3/4 inch thick stock and it now stands 32 inches high and has 15 green bell
peppers growing on it.  It sucks up about a quart of water per day.  It's
roots fill a pot 10 inches wide and 9 inches deep.  There has to be some
experience out there with green bell peppers... has anyone seen a green bell
pepper plant like that before?

Best Regards,
Thomas Giannou