Just a quick update on my Banana (Hungarian Wax) peppers. I mentioned earlier one plant was looking a bit sickly. I have tried several remedies but have been unable to rid it of its yellowish and droopy leaves. I had basically quit worrying about it since it wasn’t getting any worse and was still carrying a good load of fruit. In fact, a lot of the pods were turning orange and even pushing red. But, I may have figured out the problem today. I was looking at the plant and a pod looked kind of shriveled up. I squeezed it and sure enough, it was very soft and wrinkly. I cut it off and discarded it but then I noticed several others were soft too. I quickly started to think that this was the end and it was finally dying. But then I realized that NONE of the pods that were ripening were soft. Only the yellow ones. I came up with the theory that maybe the plant had too much fruit and was simply allowing some of the pods that were not close to ripening to die off giving it more energy for bringing the currently ripening fruit the rest of the way. I figure that is why the plant was looking sickly the whole time. It just couldn’t support all the fruit and finally gave up. Well, I picked about 20 of the non-ripe soft pods and left a good two dozen still on the plant. I hope to see the plant rebound in the next several days to a week now that it’s load has been lessened dramatically. If not, I will be picking the remaining pods as is. Many are already near fully ripe while others are orange or just getting an orange tint. There are still quite few that are yellow too.
Here is a photo of the plant showing many of the pods from yellow to near red.
Here are the peppers that I picked off it this evening:
I hope I can show you a revitalized plant in a week or so.