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Do Hot Peppers Require an Acidic Soil to Grow Well?

Zone east coast | rpallette added on August 16, 2012 | Answered

I Planted Naga Jolokia peppers about 2 months ago. They are growing very slow. They are planted in an organic potting mix in 12 inch pots.  Do they need an acidic soil to grow well, and if so, how do I raise the acid level?

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Nikki
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Answered on August 17, 2012

Actually, most of your garden veggies do enjoy slightly acidic soil. For peppers, they like a pH that is neutral to slightly acidic. It is best to have your soil tested or just test the pH levels and go from there. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-ph-plants.htm

Note: Peppers are similar the pH levels of tomatoes.

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