Hot bell peppers?

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Hot bell peppers?

Postby big_onion » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:21 pm

I don't know much about pollination, but is it possible that a green bell pepper plant could somehow be influenced by some various hot peppers we have growing near by?

Much to our surprise, our bell peppers have a lot of heat to them, less than a jalapeno, but definitely there. And they're definitely bell peppers (at least by shape) ... so very strange. Anyone ever had this happen?
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Postby Big Guy » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:12 pm

the only way this can happen is by cross pollenation or a mistake at the seed company. Did you save seed from last season? growing hot and bell peppers together will produce a hybred but it won't show up until the seeds are planted next year.
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Postby big_onion » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:44 pm

Big Guy wrote:the only way this can happen is by cross pollenation or a mistake at the seed company. Did you save seed from last season? growing hot and bell peppers together will produce a hybred but it won't show up until the seeds are planted next year.


We got the plants from a nursery, so it's possible something happened there.

Thanks for the info!
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Postby Snags » Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:48 pm

Its a nice surprise
Dads been growing hot and sweet peppers for nearly 50 years ,collecting his seeds and it happens occasionally.
They seem to revert back to sweet too
yet to take the plunge still researching
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Postby Sam Newman » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:49 am

Chillies are an antient plant, so you can get all sorts of amaizing throwbacks. I had some grow in a bunch, like grapes. Pretty cool. 8)
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