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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 5, 2015 - 5:23 am

Lark said
Has anyone ever saved seeds from organic STORE BOUGHT Bell Peppers?  Do they germinate?

To answer my own question...SurprisedYES the ORGANIC STORE BOUGHT Bell Pepper seed does germinate.

January 26, I started seed of yellow, red and green Bell Peppers. The yellow & red germinated in 10 days using the PAPER TOWEL METHOD.  The green has not germinated yet.  The yellow & green are from a seed package. As I said, the red Bell Pepper seed is from the inside of a 'store' bought fresh pepper. I dried the seed and then put them into a container.   I will be so happy if I get nice size peppers. Hoping they are abundant.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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February 8, 2015 - 4:03 pm

On 1-26-15 I started these seeds. Four of the six Green Bell Peppers have germinated using the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of germination. I planted them in the black cell packs.  When they have their second set of 'true leaves' I will check the root system and see if the root system is crowded. If so I will transplant them into 4" pots.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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February 13, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Finally the last 2 Green Bell Pepper seeds germinated.  I planted them in a cell pack, placed them on a heat mat that is in the CLEAR TOTE MINI GREEN HOUSE. Warm and cozy.

Six yellow, 6 red and 4 green Bell Peppers all have popped through the soil and have their seed leaves on.  Five Jalopenos also have their seed leaves. Once they have their first set of true leaves, I will remove them from the heat mat.  I won't transplant them into 4" pot until I see roots starting to come out the bottoms of the cell packs.

I sure hope this method works for getting a sturdy, healthy plant which will be planted in the garden in June.  Wish me luck.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 26, 2015 - 5:50 am

Peppers are growing good.  The Red Bells look the healthiest. The seeds were from some organic peppers that I bought from the organic grocery store.  To my surprise they germinated.  The Yellow Bells haven't looked so good, yellowing of the leaves.  Guess what I found?ConfusedAphids.  Since all the Bell Peppers are in the same CLEAR TOTE, I debugged all of the plants. I used soapy water with a little bit of rubbing alcohol.  Seems to have worked.  It is so hard to spot all the bugs & larvae.  I will be transplanting them soon and at that time I will be spraying them again. The infestation wasn't really bad. I had to use a magnifying glass to find the eggs. They hind in every nook & cranny. I will be pinching the plants back at the time of transplant, leaving on about 5-6 leaves.  This method should give me a stockier plant. I have never done this, so wish me luck.  I am hoping to be able to harvest bell peppers earlier this year.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 24, 2015 - 8:52 pm

I planted my Bell Peppers today. Perfect weather cloudy and rain on its way. Red, Yellow and Green Bell Peppers in the BOG CONTAINER GARDEN and in the RAISED BED. In the raised bed I have excellent soil this year.  The LASAGNA METHOD of amending the soil is working outstanding. NO TILLING at all.  Very few weeds. Free and organic. Tons of worms. This is the 4th year doing this method in this raised bed.  I did add Garden Tone fertilizer and epsom salts to each planting hole, just because they are heavy feeders.

I hope I have good peppers this year. They do have peppers forming and lots of flowers.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 4, 2015 - 6:52 am

Harvested several Red Bell Peppers.  The plants are finally recouping from the horrible infestation of the CUCUMBER BEETLES.  I continually am taking off diseased leaves which have a brown yellow fungus spots.  BUT new leaves keep coming and more flowers are appearing.  Through all of this, most of the plants are still producing peppers. I am not real pleased with the flavor. They don't seem to have a nice sweet taste.  Maybe I didn't leave them get ripe enough.  I will leave the next ones fully ripen. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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September 30, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Red and yellow bell peppers were good this year. The green bells didn't do well. Despite the aphids early in the season and the cucumber beetles that wouldn't leave the plants alone, I was happy with the harvest.  A fungus seemed to come with the beetles.  I controlled both with soapy water.  Didn't get rid of either but did allow me to harvest enough pepper to eat and freeze. Lucky I planted 13 plants.

The peppers were mostly large and sweet.  I had the best harvest I have ever had.  I think it helped starting the seeds early and pruning the plants while growing indoors.  It is a 'do again' method.

As of today, I have 4 large red bell peppers that won't be ready to harvest for a week or so. I will throw a blanket over the plant if a frost is predicted. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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October 10, 2015 - 5:38 am

Due to NO FROST yet, I am still harvesting peppers.  The Red Bell Peppers were the best I have ever grown and harvested.  Years past my growing season wasn't long enough to give me enough peppers to freeze.  This year I started my peppers in January. Pruned them a couple of times to make a sturdier stalk and chubbier plant.  Wella!  I had an early pepper harvest.016.JPGImage Enlarger

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CarolJean
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January 27, 2016 - 12:13 pm

Last week I planted 6 California Wonder pepper seeds and 6 Banana pepper seeds.  This is the first time I've tried to start my own pepper plants.  I started tomatoes for the first time last year and they did well so I'm trying more this year.  I used a grow box I made myself from ideas from Gary Pilarchik's you-tube site.  I used his recommendations on light bulbs (lumens and kelvin) and the clamp light set up.  I like projects that I can do myself even if I don't do electrical work or operate a circular saw.  The seedlings did very well in my grow box.  Then I moved them to the clear totes.  I don't have a south facing deck or great windows like Lark does so I can't use clear totes until the temps are quite mild.  They still give my seedlings a good start until the soil temps are warm enough.

Back to my pepper seeds.  I didn't paper towel germinate them so I'm still waiting for them to pop up.  Eventually I want to try pruning them as suggested by Ray at Praxxus57712 and overwintering a couple plants.  The previous owner of my home had a dark room in the basement and it would make a great grow room.  I would have to move half the "stuff" from it first.  So I have a fall project already.  Lark, I admire your efforts to declutter, downsize, whatever you want to call it.  I always want to downsize but I have trouble making myself get at it.

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Lark
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January 27, 2016 - 6:41 pm

I, too, watch Gary's videos on YouTube.  He is a very good teacher.  Always helping you save money and grow great plants. 

Last year was the first time I had pruned my peppers and tomatoes.  In fact, I pruned them 3 times during their 4 months of growing indoors. The plants were very nice by the time I planted them into my gardens and containers.  Since I started them very early, I had several bouts with mealy bugs.  Soapy water always took care of them.  It was just a big ordeal trying to clean these infested plants indoors.

Yes, it is nice to be 'decluttering' the house.  Drawers and closets are done.  I vacuumed and washed all my registers and even vacuumed down into the duct work.  Just finished washing all the cabinet woodwork.  Next week I will do all the doors.  Winter is the only time I do this deep cleaning.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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