Anybody have any good recommendations for an "organic" fertilizer for
peppers? Not doing to good with just manure this year. Growth is stunted
like. I've had lots of blossoms, but only 2 peppers. They have only grown
about 2 inches since planting. I have a variety of peppers, sweet & hot.
Significant amount of water each day, but not too much. No problem with bugs
& other pests, no spots or browning on leaves. All other plants that were
planted the same day as the peppers are doing fine, even doubled their size.
Just having trouble with the peppers lagging behind in growth. Do they need
some other type of fertilizer, or is something else wrong?
thanks for any input,
Rachael aka Rae
PS: in south/sandhill area of NC
Peppers can be slow to take off, and they do like the heat. If you've
had a cool spring, that may be it.
They can also be pretty greedy - are any of the leaves yellowing?
I've used fish emulsion for years. Not 100% organic, but close enough.
Slow release and high in nitrogen.
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Excellent fertilizer for rhodies and the like made by Espoma.
I've used their products for years, Rosetone is my favorite for, of
all things, roses <G> Feed and grain type stores (farm supply and
such) carry it around here, I don't know if the box stores do.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Hollytone is a mostly organic 4-6-4 fertilizer for acid loving plants.
To help increase the acidity, it contains 5% sulfur. The ingredients
are: manure, feather meal, crab meal, cocoa meal, corn gluten,
cottonseed meal, dried blood, sunflower meal, kelp meal, alfalfa meal,
greensand, rock phosphate, sulfate of potash, humates, ammonium sulfate,
and triple super phosphate.
Check it out at www.hollytone.com
It is a great product. For rhododendrons and azaleas, I recommend using
it once each spring at half the rate on the package.
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Our peppers are a bit slow this year due to the drought. They're just
developing flowers now. We have to water them bi-weekly.
Good organic fertilizers are blood meal for nitrogen. Bone meal for
phosphate and wood ashes for potash. Fish emulsion can get expensive,
smells really bad and can draw unwanted pests to the garden like coons and
Ok, thanks for the tips on the emulsion, leaning more towards the blood &
bones meal now. Already have a possum that's fell in love with my van of
all things. Look out there any time of night, and the little bugger is
sitting up on top of it. Would be ironic if my van was the one to run over
it one day.......
We are in drought also, at least 9 inch deficent. Been keeping them watered
I don't grow a lot of hot peppers but my experience with peppers in
general is that they don't really get going until the weather gets hot.
At least here in my corner of the world, they like the warm weather which
us western Pacific Northwesterners don't get until now or later.
Patience may pay off well for you and as July gets closer, they will stand
up to the plate and be in good shape by August.
Billy, why would you wait to mulch? I ask because one of the main reasons
I mulch (usually with newly-mown grass) is so the soil will be warmer. It
also seems to promote more and healthier root growth, probably partly
because of the increased earthworm activity due to the composting grass.
Between the mulch and surface watering (deeply and once a week or every
4-5 days when it's really hot), my results have been good in the past -
once the air temperature also is up there.
Of course, there is the added advantage of the mulch keeping down weeds
(as well as keeping moisture at the plant's roots). For my tomato plants,
by the time the mulch has "gone down" from composting, the plants are
large enough to produce shade which also decreases weed activity. Not
only does it help the desired plants to grow, it discourages the
undesired. Rather than waiting to mulch, I get discouraged because I
don't have more grass earlier in the year. I've even mowed the fire alley
grass to have more mulch! (Our block has a T-shaped alley as it is
actually two blocks, the leg of the "T" provides back yard access for fire
trucks for the otherwise not-so-accessible houses but that leg is not
Anyway, my plants get their mulch early so I am interested in reasons to
You got it alright. Your doin' good.
I waited wih my plants until they showed some vigor, especially the
corn. I wanted to get the ground warm. I'm using alfalfa, which is light
colored when its dry. I presumed I'd be reflecting some of the heat,
when I wanted to absorb it. Grass clipping would be darker and probably
absorb more heat. Little thing I forgot to include in my advice because
I got in a hurry. Everything is mulched now.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
My peppers are planted in a raised bed, covered in black plastic.
When I plant them I put 3 wooden match sticks in each hole. I was told
this by a lady 20 years ago who owned her own nursery and it hasn't
failed me yet. It was 45 degrees here last night so my plastic is
holding the heat of the day and I have little red chilis already about
an inch long so I guessing somethings working for me! I do not fertilize
with anything else all summer and usually get quite a yield from my
peppers. I have 20 plants in, all different assortments, sweet and hot,
red and green. I do not expect any major growth till the nights are
warm here, which might be a few weeks away yet here....northern lower
Ha, I didn't mean that the plants were only two inches tall now - i meant
they had only grown an additional 2 inches since being placed out side. No
jalopenos either. cayenne, tabasco, peter pepper, hot banana, green bell.
Bought the plants at the nursery, didn't have time to start my own this
year. In all, from root to top, they were about 6 inches before I planted
them. I planted the tomatos the same day as the peppers. Now usually, the
peppers and tomatos kinda keep up with each other a while, but this year the
tomatos have already tripled their size (as of yesterday!) and peppers
haven't done much. I don't know, maybe I just have exceptional tomato
plants this year................did get some bone meal to try - haven't had
a chance to get out there to put it out yet though. Gonna try to later this
Area here has had less than usual direct sun. Mostly overcast. The
jalapenoes have been lagging my tomatoes as well. Yet, where you live, in
drought and sunny conditions, have the same dilemma with other pepper
varieties. Jalapenoes are producing here, just short in stature. Grow all
mine from seed. Try jalapenoes next year for reference for your other
pepper varieties. Save one for seed the following year.
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