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Pass me the pepper please…

Bell peppers, or commonly known as Capsicum (Capsicum Annuum) are fruiting for me! I got the seeds from a yellow capsicum bought from the supermarket. Capsicum fruits can come in all shapes and colours…

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The flowers of the capsicum plant look similar to the flowers of the common chilli plant, with six white petals containing both the antlers and ovary. I hand pollinated them a few weeks ago and the fruit started to develop after a week when the flower fade away.

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The fruit grew with astonishing speed, doubling its size every week! Another thing I notice about this plant is that the new flowerbuds dried up when it is fruiting. It seemed to forsake its flowers and channel its energy to develop the fruit.

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They are fairly easy to grow, daily watering and strong sunlight will be ideal for these plants. The growing conditions may vary from cultivars, but they are more of less the same. Like vegetables, they grow a lot of roots and require a fair bit of fertilizers. Observing the fruit develop is a rewarding experience, see how the flower transforms into a yellow fruit. In short, it’s a great plant to grow!!

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