Tips on Brown Pepper Plants

Peppers are delicious culinary delights that are easy to grow in most home gardens. Some gardeners use them as ornamentals because of their lovely appearance. The care of the brown pepper plant is similar to any of the varieties of pepper. Use brown pepper plants the same way you use any variety of sweet or hot pepper. Seeds are easy to obtain from the plants and store for the next year as well.

It's Green!

Don't be surprised by the green color of your young brown pepper plant. All pepper varieties are green when they first appear and do not change color until actual maturity. Many varieties of peppers go through several very fast color changes before hitting their peak color.

Room

Pepper plants are not extremely tall plants; most average between 2 and 3 feet high. However, they are often wide plants and need room between plantings to spread out and grow. Space your seedlings about 2 feet apart for optimal growth.

Support

Support brown pepper plants with stakes or cages to keep the heavy foliage off the ground. Leaves on the ground develop disease, and fruit that lays on the ground rots from pressure and/or moisture.

Harvest

Cut through the stem of the pepper with a sharp knife to harvest. Twisting off the pepper from the stem can bruise the fruit. Harvest as soon as each fruit ripens for a better harvest. Plants will continue to produce as often as you prune.

Peppers Like it Hot

Peppers are heat-loving plants. Your plants may fail to blossom and produce vegetables if the temperatures are too cool or if there are inadequate amounts of direct sunlight.

Seedy Proposition

Cut into the brown pepper fruit and scrape out the seeds. Wash them in a strainer, spread them on a paper towel until dry, and store them in a cool, dark place for planting in the spring.

Hot But Not Smokin'

Wash your hands thoroughly if you smoke or handle any tobacco products. Even commercial tobacco can carry tobacco mosaic disease which transfers to peppers readily.

Bad Brown

Brown spots on any pepper plant is a brown you do not want to see. This discoloration is bacteria built up by inadequate environmental conditions. Maintain good drainage around the plants so they never sit in standing water from natural or mechanical watering, and use cages to keep them off the ground to prevent disease.

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