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Giant Ornamental Peppers

Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Sun Sep 5 05:08:23 EST 1999

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!
> lynn

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