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Anonymous on
July 4, 2011

Q. Growing Hot Peppers

I live in Eugene, Oregon. It has an average temp of about 70 to 75 degrees. My plants are growing very slow and I am having trouble pollinating. I need to know what kind of fertilizer I should be using. I think I know how to pollinate my plants. I am more interested in what kind of fertilizer you think should be used.

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Nikki on
July 5, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 7, 2011

Q. Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers

How do I stop my Hungarian hot wax peppers from getting brown soft spots?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 8, 2011
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It sounds like you may have blossom end rot causing the soft spots. This will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/pepper-blossom-end-rot.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 7, 2011

Q. Pepper Plants Flowers

My hot pepper plants are producing lots of flowers. I keep picking these flowers off, but I was told not to do so as these flowers produce or turn into peppers or fruits. My doing so does not seem to affect the plants from producing peppers. I have 30 pots of these pepper plants and noticed that some plants produce much more than others with amounts in between with others. I have never seen any fruits being produced from any developed flower. My question is, do fruits develop from the flowers or from the buds?

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Nikki on
August 7, 2011
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Yes, most all plants that produce fruits do so from their flowers. Once the flowers have pollinated, the small fruits begin to form. You evidently missed a bloom or two (but with that many plants it's hard not to) in order to have still produced peppers. My advice...leave the flowers and reap the peppers.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 12, 2011

Q. Sterile Peppers

What would cause chili pepper plants not to grow any peppers? The plants are healthy looking and have grown to about 18-22 inches tall. A couple leaves have holes in them, but that is about all. They are being grown in containers on my deck, which gets sun most of the afternoon.

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Nikki on
August 13, 2011
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It sounds like a pollination problem. This hot, humid summer has been hard on pepper pollination. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/pollinate-tomatoes.htm (peppers and tomatoes are pollinated the same way, so you can use this article for peppers too)

If you are not getting blossoms, this is likely either too much nitrogen or too little phosphorus. Adding some bone meal or other phosphorus rich fertilizer will help.

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Asked by
kpgray on
August 13, 2011

Q. Harvesting Green Chile

How do I know when my green chiles are ready to be picked?

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Nikki on
August 14, 2011
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You can pick the chili peppers about 45 to 55 days after you see them bloom. Feel the growing chili peppers and see if they feel thin or if they feel as they should.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 14, 2011

Q. Hot Peppers

What is causing my hot peppers to be falling off the plant before they mature?

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Nikki on
August 14, 2011
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