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Can red bell peppers be grown in Mississippi?

Colored bell peppers of all sorts can be grown in Mississippi. The variety choice and the stage of ripeness determine the color of the fruit. Most bell peppers will turn red if they are allowed to ripen on the plant. Others will turn yellow or orange. Blue, purple, and other colors may be only skin deep. The problem with growing colored peppers is the additional time it takes for the pepper to ripen in the field. In general, it is an additional 10 to 14 days for diseases, insects, and hailstorms to damage the crop after it would have been harvested for a green bell.

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Green tomato with buckeye rot.
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Food, Vegetable Gardens May 26, 2022

Tomatoes are a popular crop for home gardeners, but they can be tricky to grow. Insects, disorders, and diseases can all cause problems with tomatoes. 

The leaves of green tomato plants droop on the plants
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens July 6, 2018

Common Diseases of TomatoesCRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- Conditions have been ideal this summer for a disease outbreak that makes tomatoes wilt and look like they are just too dry.

Southern blight is a fungal disease of tomatoes commonly characterized by white, thread-like growth and brown or tan, round structures known as sclerotia at the base of the stem.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Tomato Pepper and Eggplant February 5, 2018

Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 28th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 6-7.

Blossom-end rot, seen on this tomato, is a common problem in home gardens. It is typically caused by uneven watering, which prevents enough calcium from reaching the fruit. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens June 21, 2012

MISSISSIPPI STATE – While nothing may beat the fresh taste of a home-grown tomato, a lot of things can go wrong in the garden to prevent the fruit from ever making it to the table.

Garden experts say tomato plants should be watered well, fertilized correctly, grown in direct sunlight and spaced properly so their leaves stay as dry as possible.

David Nagel, vegetable and home garden specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, listed three common problems that can plague tomato plants.

Sweet Pickle pepper has 2-inch-long fruit that resembles the big and bold old-fashioned Christmas tree lights. Its fruit is sweet rather than hot, and the plant loads up with a bounty of red, orange, yellow and purple fruit all at one time.
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens September 24, 2009

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

If you would like to give your garden a festive fall atmosphere, then find a prominent place to put in ornamental peppers. Their blooms are not noteworthy, but varieties like Sweet Pickle and Garda Tricolore have fruit that will show off like Christmas lights.

Ornamental peppers are one of the plants that leap off the garden center shelves this time of the year. If you love them in the fall, try growing them all season.

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