Bell Peppers · Vegetables

Bell Peppers, will you ever bloom?

There has been many instances throughout this balcony farming journey where I have felt incompetent, especially when facing dead plants, seeds that seem to never sprout, and seedlings that seem to never grow.

But there are also pleasant surprises bringing irreplaceable joy, such as when certain plants unexpectedly thrive.

Growing bell peppers was a it-might-not-work-but-I’m-going-to-try-anyways experiment. Secretly I really really hoped it would work out. Glad to say that they are thriving! Besides the part where they haven’t bloom yet…

Just in a month, they grew from these little plants:

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To these large plants!

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As usual, I had many (silly) experiments along the way.

April 20: Mulching with dried lemongrass leaves
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April 26: Different placements in my balcony for maximum sunlight.
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May 2: Green pepper seemed a little wobbly so maybe a collar will help… (Wasn’t sure what I was thinking at the time)
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May 6: Decided it was time to put up some kind of support, and experimented with netting…
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May 10: But then would often wonder if the netting was actually useful or only getting in the way of the leaves…
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May 11: Spotted double sets of leaves for the first time…
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May 14: And possibly flower buds…may-14-22.jpg

May 14: By this time they were getting quite tall, and a little crooked, especially green pepper.May 14-25.jpg

May 19: So I experimented with another kind of support… which I think is working even better.
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May 22: Some bug bites on red pepper but culprit was not found…May 22-22.jpg

May 27: Red on the left and Green on the right.
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As tall and large and leafy they are getting, they are not blooming. Am I being too anxious? Or is it because of the lack of sunlight and often-too-hot weather? Will they ever bloom?

I’ve switched up their fertilizer to P and K heavy, and will have to wait and see!

Side story: yellow pepper

The yellow pepper that sprouted weeks after Green and Red is also growing well. From a tiny seedling to a plant!

April 12
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April 22: First true leaf!
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May 1: True leaves x 2!
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May 7: Into a big pot you go!
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May 15: Grow, buddy, grow!
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May 27: Although still much smaller than Green and Red, it is definitely getting bigger!
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The Vege Girl Project: Day 85

 

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