You might well have a "sport". That's a genetic mutation. In your case
for bigger growth, and fruit. You may have raised a tetraploid. That's a
plant with more than the "normal" (diploid) number of chromosomes. They
tend to do EVERYTHING bigger, including leaf thickness.
I think it's much more likely, though, that an errant insect crossed the
pollen from a neighbor's bell pepper with your plant last year, and the
plant you got was the result of that.
lynn lucas wrote:
> I plant these things every spring because they last long into the
> fall. This year, in one spot, the plants are twice the size of the
> other plants on either side, and the peppers are about 10 times the
> normal size. People have mistaken the fruits (now green and red) for
> edible peppers that you buy in the supermarket. They are absolutely
> huge compared to the normal size pepper. I planted all my plants from
> the seeds obtained from a single fruit saved from last year.
>> Have I possibly stumbled upon a freak of nature? I can't wait 'til
> next spring to plant some seeds from one of these babies!
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