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Is there actually such a thing as a ripe green pepper?

Green peppers are not ripe. Even if the seeds are viable (immature pepper seeds can be grown if planted soon after harvesting, but don't have the food storage for long storage), if the pepper is green,...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

I'm revising my answer again, but this time with an opinion based on my observations of peppers (not bell types specifically): My opinion is that they'll continue to live as long as they're healthy ...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

For what it's worth we have a local greenhouse that grows bell peppers and tomatoes year round. They use plants for 2 years. I think they trash them after that because the amount of woody stems ...
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Is there actually such a thing as a ripe green pepper?

Usually bell peppers ripen red, orange, yellow or less commonly, brown. Most green peppers that you eat are actually unripe ones that ripen to other colors. Some peppers ripen green, but that is rare. ...
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Will applying twenty year old cow manure hurt my vegetable garden?

Unless harmful elements fell into your manure during those 20 years without your knowledge, it certainly shouldn't hurt anything. It might not be as potent as properly matured and composted manure, ...
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Do I plant miniature hot peppers whole or cut them open and plant just the seeds?

What I have done is open up the peppers and then clean and dry the seeds out. I subsequently store the seeds and plant them at the appropriate time in the season. In my case I plant them indoors in ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

There appears to be a long standing insect infestation, possiby whitefly (does anything rise up and fly about when you go near or disturb the plant?) or scale infestation of some sort. The leaves ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

Some say vitamin B1 (thiamin) is supposed to help for transplant shock. Thiamin contains sulfur; so, maybe that has something to do with it. If sulfur has anything to do with it, Epsom salt (magnesium ...
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Will applying twenty year old cow manure hurt my vegetable garden?

Sounds like perfect stuff. You are going into winter, yes? If you are, just put it on top of the beds thickly. This will help keep the weed seeds already in the soil from germinating as well. In ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

Your close up leaf images show an aphid infestation. In my experience, this is a highly persistent insect that infests chili plants amongst others with over 500 different types of Aphids specific to ...
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What is damaging my pepper plant?

I checked both options provided by cr0 and Alina (Thank you both very very much). During the process of comparing the symptoms of glasshouse whitefly and spider mites to my plant's situation i ...
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White, fur like strands and spots on underside of chilli plant leaves

Those white hairs (marked in green) are trichomes, which are a perfectly normal part of the plant. The little spots (marked in red) however look like edema, which indicate too much moisture or over-...
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Overwintering pepper plants

I am trying this right now. I have some transplanted into cold frames with an additional cone of opaque greenhouse film over them and christmas lights available for the coldest nights. It's been ...
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Is it safe to eat veggies grown in soil that has soured?

Yes, your peppers will be safe to eat. the only chance of contamination is if soil from your planter splashes onto the fruit, but they can be washed, and soured soil isn't much higher in human ...
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How aggressively can you prune chilli plants?

I'll help with a few suggestions on pruning. First however, you need to know that those leaves FEED your plant. Topping to make a plant thicker is fine but this usually works best with lots of sun. ...
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Any hope for these pepper seedlings?

Your seedlings look to be suffering from "damping off" — a fungal disease that is generally due to overwatering when seedlings are young. Indeed, your media looks very wet. Seedlings of this ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

What I do to avoid transplant shock, is to plant my seeds into toilet roll inners filled with potting mix and raise them in a protected environment away from birds, slugs, etc. When it's time for ...
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How should I deal with these ill pepper plants?

To be frank, I'd bin them without a second's hesitation, and would have done so a while back, and that's what I recommend to you. They're serving no useful purpose other than as a source of infection ...
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Keep plants alive and healthy, but at a reasonable size?

In the case of the Basil, it shouldn't be too difficult to keep it on a small scale by pruning off the tallest stem tips every few weeks. If you see any flowers begin to develop cut those off as well. ...
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Are the white sections on my bean plant's leaves caused by white flies?

No, they're not the same problem by the sound of it, though it could be. What you seem to be describing on your beans are leafminers, which are the larvae from eggs laid inside the leaf by a female ...
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Did my peppers cross? (see pictures)

If you bought these plants this year, even though they're growing in close proximity, and even if the Reaper pollinates a bell pepper, it won't affect the plants or fruits - it only affects the seeds ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

My method: take all peppers and flowers. Then put in the soil some "Actara". This should be enough to save the plant, and not to poison yourself. Usually I take some pepper and I plant it again: they ...
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pepper rotting disease

The biggest cause of blossom end rot is not, in fact, calcium shortage in the soil - it's erratic watering. If the plant can't take up enough water for its needs regularly, it also cannot take up the ...
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Growing multiple pepper plants in one pot vs just one plant per pot

As is often pointed out in books on small-space gardening, spacing recommendations aren't set to maximise yield per unit area, but yield per plant. If 3 plants per pot works, carry on. You'll get ...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

Mine has produced for 2 years and I'm questioning if it's going to make it for 3, carrying it through the winter in a homemade growth chamber where it loses most of its leaves. The 2nd year was more ...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

My sweet red bell pepper plant is almost through its second summer. It's in a pot, so I brought it in last year and stuck it in a window and watered it daily all winter. It stopped producing around ...
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What pepper varieties have the longest shelf-life?

It will depend on climate - more than the variety imho. Here in North Texas I have no problem with two weeks, assuming the peppers weren't picked when very ripe. However in somewhere like New Mexico ...
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What is causing the weird bubbles on my pepper seedling's stem?

If those bubble things are hard, they're probably just root nodules, which often develop when there's enough humidity. If true, they're not dangerous at all and actually make rooting cuttings and ...
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Pollinating C.pubescens (rocoto) peppers

This is my favorite pepper for a number of reasons, and I have grown it for years. I've had decent germination rates using potting soil on a heating pad. They don't germinate well in the peat pots. I'...
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