I’m brand new to pepper growing. My Anaheims and jalapenos are going great. My habaneros seem to be going strong, just a little slower than the others (which seems to be normal from my readings). My question is about my cayenne peppers. They produced pods before any of the others and they have produced a lot! The problem, is that they are still green. How long until they turn red and I can pick them? I’m starting to see some of the other buds where pods would be starting to form, turn yellowish and start to dry up. The plants seem to have stopped producing because they’re full. I’m afraid if I wait to long for them to turn red and pick them, that the plants will stop producing.
Your plants have reached their maximum fruit load. With jalapenos and other chiles picked green, early harvesting causes the plants to set more fruit. So you have two choices. First, leave them as they are and later in the summer they will turn red and be ready for picking–it’s hard to say how long that will take, as every cayenne variety differs. Or, you can start picking green fruits and use them in any recipe calling for chopped jalapenos or serranos.