Upward growing peppers

  • Upward growing peppers

    Posted by Buck on September 8, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Hi everybody, this spring I planted several dozen jalapeno pepper plants. All were started in seed trays in early spring before transplanting into garden spots. Fast forward, plants grew and produced a lot of peppers. All of the plants have normal growing peppers but one plant. On this plant the peppers grow upward. When we pick them, the new peppers still grow upward. They look and taste the same as the others. I have asked several gardeners but none didn’t know why. Has anyone ever seen this happen before and what causes it? Below is a photo from early summer for reference.

    Cindy322M replied 8 months, 3 weeks ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Toni

    September 8, 2022 at 6:22 am

    My guess is somewhere along the line your seed was cross pollinated with a Tabasco pepper…

  • Buck

    September 8, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    That was kinda my thoughts too. I will be pulling the plants up in a couple of months. Did not want to discard this one if something unique was going on. Definitely will be saving seed from this plant and see if the same thing happens again next year.

    • SoulEz

      September 8, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      Probably unlikely you will get the same thing if you save seed and they not heirloom or have been planted close to other varieties peppers. You can pull that plant, pot it up an keep in in a garage(if you have below freezing winters) with hopes it comes back next year, and clone some plants from cuttings.

      I have had a difficult time with seed this year in both packaged, and seedlings not being the variety I bought. This includes seeds from reputable seed companies as well as seedlings from nearby nurseries with whom I have never had this problem. Very disappointing.

      • SunshineKid-GardenCoach

        September 8, 2022 at 5:09 pm

        Same with us – I bought a flat of seedlings directly from one of my wholesale greenhouses. They were supposed to be Gypsy Snack peppers but we ended up with only two Gypsy pepper plants with some green bell and banana peppers mixed in.

      • Cindy322M

        September 10, 2022 at 5:04 pm

        I had the same issue! Bought seeds from 3 different reputable companies and each time my bush beans had pole beans mixed in! I thought it was a fluke the first and second time but by the 3rd I’m really starting to wonder.

    • DirtFloor

      September 10, 2022 at 1:52 pm

      I dug up a pepper plant last year just before frost, trimmed it to just the main stalk where it branched a few inches high. I put it in the window and it grew all winter and is back out in the garden with peppers on it. So you can save that plant for next year.

  • Buck

    September 8, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Good information. Thanks.

    I have heard the same thing from others regarding seeds this year. My son and I were lucky. Everything we planted came up good except the Indian corn. I bought those seeds at Lowes so I didn’t expect much. My brother works at a seed store and has said their seeds have been hit or miss if they can even get what they want. A friend couldn’t find bell pepper plants this year. I had four trays I raised so I gave half of mine to him.

  • Just_Ducky_Acres

    September 10, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Silly, you must have planted your seed upsidedown 🙂