Habanero Pepper plant fruiting problems
I have a habanero chili plant I grew from seed. It has grown well in a shaded environment over the summer and is now about 2 foot tall and producing lots of flowers. Problem is they all drop off and won't fruit. Plant is very healthy looking otherwise but hates direct sunlight. I read they need 6 hours of sunlight each day but here in south Australia we have to deal with extreme heat (105f) and UV in the summers so despite my efforts to introduce it to direct sunlight, after an hour or so the leaves droop and if left any longer will die off. Will my plant still fruit in the shade or do I need to provide a better balance of direct/ambient light? Is it possible some chili plants will not produce fruit at all? My seeds were obtained from supermarket bought pods.
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Try to find a morning sunlit area and shelter it from the hottest part of the day.
There can be other reasons for blossom drop on your plant, including lack of pollination and uneven watering.
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