hi out there-
i live in Austin, TX and i just can't seem to grow jalepeno peppers
i have them in a pretty sunny area (about 6-7 hours a day) and in
decent soil with mulch. they form buds, but after a few days they
usually fall off. often, the buds look like they dry up before falling
off. i have tried watering more and watering less, but no clear
has emerged. i hit the peppers with seaweed every other week and
liquid organic fertilizer every couple of weeks.
for what it's worth, i can grow the heck out of herbs and tomatoes
in the same areas (not competing with peppers), so i know it's
a decent place to grow stuff.
any suggestions? thanks in advance,
Every resource on earth says peppers like sun, but I've always gotten my
biggest harvests from plants grown in dappled sun, and sometimes even light
shade with no direct sun at all during the day. Makes no sense, but
hey....there it is. Can you give yours some shade somehow? Maybe suspend
some dark window screen over them or something?
Next year before you plant your peppers get a box of book matches. When you
put in your plants drop a book of matches in the hole, water, cover with
about an inch or so of soil and then in goes your pepper plant in the usual
manner. I can't remember what it is in the matches, sulfur or whatever, that
the peppers love and keeps the blossoms from rotting off or dropping. My
garden sat in full sun all day and many of those were in the triple digit
temps during July and August. I usually had at least a dozen different
varieties of peppers and always had bumper crops. This also worked well with
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