ridiculousy small peppers

After my seedling disasters this year I had to buy pepper plants from nurseries. I got a Thai dragon and two Jalapenos. All three started producing the tiniest peppers. I just yanked ten RED cayennes. The biggest one was about the size of the nail on my thumb! 1/2 an inch long. The Jalapenos are also producing very small peppers. I harvested 5 last night that amounted to about 1.5 normal sized ones. I have a good 2 dozen jalapenos on the lower branches but I did not see a single good sized one. Everything in that bed is going like gangbusters. Broccoli, Cauliflower, tomaotes, cucumber. The green beans and kidney beans are new this year--and I think they are overshadowed a bit by the taller plants still. I'm going to cut back some of the brocolli leaves that might be shadowing the lower half of the plant. They did grow plarger than I expected.
Any other guess why the diminutive peppers? I don't think I'm short of fertilizer. I worked a mix of fertilizers, compost, greensand, peat, manure into the bed down to 15 inches deep.
DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email) Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, <1 mile off L.I.Sound 2nd year gardener http://members.aol.com/DigitalVinyl66/Garden2004.html
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You bought a Thai dragon and 2 jalapenos, and all three are producing tiny Cayenne peppers? I don't understand.
If these are nursery plants, one possible explanation for smaller peppers than you expect of whatever variety could be that they were mislabeled. Even seeds can get mixed up, and peppers come in an enormous range of sizes.
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SOrry, poor sentence structure. I went to go for a few jalapeno and a few cayenne for dinner. I spotted all these miniscule bright red cayennes and pulled them off. The minisule cayennes were all on the lowest parts of the plant. The upper part has more normal sized 3 inch cayennes.
SInce only the lower ones seem dwarfed it is not a variety/seed issue. Although the cayennes I grew last year produced some 5-6 inch curled cayennes. Nothing that size here--THAT I would expect is related to the variety.
The jalapenos were also quite dwarfed, though none had reddened yet. I was yanking 1 inch long jalapenos with those little cracks in the skin, something I usually only see when they are ready to be picked. However I couldn't find a nice sized jalapeno on either bush. Something definitely stunted the plants. I'm hoping the jalapenos will start producing fuller sized peppers now. I like to stuff mine.

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Sorry. Then I have no explanation. 'Mislabeled plant' was the only possibility I could come up with, as I was thinking I'd forgotten to plant some pequin seeds, and those are tiny peppers indeed.
If the later Cayennes seem normal, it would appear that whatever was bothering them has been overcome. Maybe the japapenos will cheer up soon, too? The only gardening problem I've had this year was a puny basil in a pot. I heard it complaining about being in the low-rent district, and put it in a much bigger pot, where it settled in quite nicely.
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Oh, my goodness, I misread "peppers" and thought that you were talking about Cereus-validus's need for "super-sized" Viagra! :)
John

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LOL!!!
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if your brassicas are doing well in the same soil, it could be a P problem. peppers (like tomatoes) need lots of water and Potassiu (potash), high potash will will make brassicas bolt and seed ver quickly. keep them seperate next time, and feed them weekly with hig potash feed, they don`t need ALOT of water, but the watering mus remain constant in regularity, that part is critical for good siz fruit(s). grow them in the same place and in the same way you`de grow Tomatoes they can even share the same growbag! :) they`re both of the nightshade family and alot closer rellated than Potatoe is to the same genus. regular water, high potash and a lower PH. and don`t start feeding the until the fruits set : - YT2095 - The Resourceful On Say it with Flowers,,,Give her a Triffid : ----------------------------------------------------------------------- posted via www.GardenBanter.co.uk
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