Red Bell Peppers #806085

Asked August 13, 2022, 3:08 PM EDT

Why are my Red Bell Peppers not turning Red yet?

Isanti County Minnesota

Expert Response

Thanks for them question.

The ripening of fruit such as peppers is a s very complex process. Among other things it is very temperature dependent. Bottom line, and this pertains to tomatoes as well, once day time temperatures exceed 80 degrees for a few days, the ripening process grinds to a halt. Recall the very hot days we had in July. Just keep watering them and hopefully as daytime temperatures start to decline, you will see ripening occur. There really is not much you can do in the meantime. I fear that as the reality of climate warming descends upon us in Minnesota we as gardeners will need to adjust our practices and expectations. See:

Bottom line: be patient and good luck

Steve Hedman Replied August 13, 2022, 5:42 PM EDT

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