How long does it take for... #201733 - Ask Extension


How long does it take for... #201733

Asked July 23, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

How long does it take for a typical green pepper to turn red? The green peppers on my plants have been green for a while and I don't want them to go bad by not picking them. Thanks very much for all the help. A picture6 is attached.

Baltimore County Maryland

Expert Response

You should pick the pepper in the photo that has the dark spot as it will decline. Bell peppers may reach a mature green stage 70-80 days after transplanting and require an additional 2-3 weeks to fully ripen depending upon the variety.
Don't let all peppers stay on the plant as this will cut off further blossoming and fruit set.  See our publication on peppers

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