Capsicum

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  1. pinenut

    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    We've been given an ornamental pepper plant, complete with peppers on it. Capsicum NOS (not otherwise specified). the tag says "Warning. Fruit is not edible."
    Why not?
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    My guess would be a systemic pesticide had been applied to the soil.
     
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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank JK. Do you think it would be persistant if I repotted a few times?
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I imagine it would work its way out of the soil after some time but when is anybody's guess. Persistence and level of toxicity would depend on the pesticide used.
     
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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    Well I guess I could dry the fruits, grind 'em up and use 'em for bear spray in the meantime.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    You could always use the seed to start new, pesticide-free plants.
     
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    Sulev Well-Known Member

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    [joke]The other parts (besides fruit) are edible?
    Then it can't be pesticide.[/joke]

    I suppose that this warning is just a sign, that producer of these decorative plants doesn't comply with rules for food processing.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    My initial thought was that it's a waste for an edible plant to be intentionally tainted in such a manner. However I suppose it's forgivable if it had been grown specifically for the ornamental market. Perhaps it's more expedient for the grower to apply a systemic as needed and the warning on the label is there just in case they do.
     

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