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Old June 23, 2021   #1
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My neighbour asked me if anyone can identify these two pepper plants? He exchanged seeds for seeds but he doesn’t remember what type they are. Can anyone help out?
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Old June 23, 2021   #2
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The long purple one looks like a Thai pepper I grew once. Hot, not very flavorful in my cool climate.

The little one may have a variety name, but there are probably dozens of varieties of "Chiltepin" or "bird pepper". When I was a boy, my mom had a carefully maintained variety called "Christmas pepper" that carried peppers of many colors...including purple ones like that. They were quite hot, but didn't have much flavor otherwise.

I saved seeds from it and planted them in pots. They grew peppers too, that tasted about the same, but were not nearly as colorful. Pale green to white to a kind of yellow-brown when dry.

Eventually the original plant grew root bound and started to be unmanageable...and never came in for the winter...

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Old June 24, 2021   #3
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Pretty plant—pods, blooms, and foliage—on the purple-X* one. The long-pod Silver's* looks fun, too.


*Disclaimer: Made up placeholder names for the unknowns. Common names seem to pretty much be made up, anyway . . . kind of like the points on Whose Line is it, Anyway?
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Old June 24, 2021   #4
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Does anyone know if they turn red when ripe? When is it a good time to harvest them?
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