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Every year is different, we already knew that. But, it seems that each growing season has been more wildly different than they used to be. The oddity that is this year has resulted in smaller than usual plants that want to overachieve with fruit production. The trick is getting them to be big enough plants to handle it.
The good thing about Purple Beauty is that these tend to have smaller plants to begin with. We have noticed with Purple Beauty and Garden Sunshine that they are working extra hard to give us excellent fruit this year. Other peppers are doing fine - especially the bell peppers. Keep them picked and you'll be getting more rewards!
As of August 23, we picked 89 peppers that weighed out at 31.2 lbs. In other words, it takes a little under three peppers for a pound. That means they are pretty blocky with good size. This is very consistent with our 2012 numbers for size. And, in 2012 we had an average of 5-6 marketable peppers per plant. This could be exceeded this year. But, we just have to wait and see (of course).