I live in New Jersey and have been growing Bhut Jolokia "Ghost Pepper" plants in my house since last May and have had great success in that the plants are all about a foot tall and several are over 2 feet tall and have dozens of flowers. Because they are inside, none of these flowers have turned into peppers and I am wondering what I can do to change this.
This is probably due to a lack of pollination since the plants have remained indoors. If you can place them outdoors, on a patio or balcony, etc., pollinating insects would have a chance to do their job. However, if this is not an option, you could opt for hand pollinating yourself. This article should help you with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/pollinate-tomatoes.htm (the steps for pollinating your peppers would be the same) Also, you may need to fertilize the plants with a low-nitrogen fertilizer (as this produces more foliage growth and less flowering--needed for pollination to occur). This article can help you with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/pepper-fertilizer.htm
I live in central Florida and we get frost in low lying areas. I moved the plant inside to avoid frost. This plant produced fruit this winter and is about to produce again. The problem is that it is now 7 feet tall and shows no sign of being done. It cannot stand on its own.
Use clean garden tools to prune your pepper.
Remember that the branches can break easily so handle the plant carefully.
Remove any dead, diseased or damaged stems.
You can thin the plant as desired to open up the canopy.
Clip the ends of branches as needed to keep maintain a good shape.
If the plant is heavy on one side, trim to maintain balance.
You can watch for blossoming, if branches do not produce flowers, they can be pruned away to keep energy on pepper formation.
Stake you plant to support it's weight.
It is big and tall but just doesn't produce.
Chillies are surprisingly sensitive to temperature and water changes which can affect flower/fruit production. Try a high potassium fertiliser. This will help improve the plants resistance to temperature and water fluctuations.
I have about 12 plus peppers on my ghost pepper plant. They are a little over an inch in length and still green. I went to pick one and noticed that it was soft as the others on the plant. I proceeded to bite into it and it was not hot at all. Was wandering why they were soft and why no hear. Any help would be appreciated
There are some specifics needed in care to grow Ghost Peppers.
The fruit are quite delicate, so your description of soft seems right.
I do want to mention that in my research, I have found numerous reports of people purchasing seed that is represented as Ghost Pepper seed, and that they are not either of good quality or not Ghost Pepper seeds at all.
Make sure you purchase from reputable sellers.
What are seed starting soil requirements;do I cover moist soil with plastic film til sprouted; what does 35 day germination mean??
Peppers are sensitive to rot, so I would not cover them. These will be easier started indoors in cell trays. They will need bright light, but you can start them under an array of CFL bulbs, or even LED's. Just don't use regular incandescent bulbs. They can even be started in a window that receives Sunlight all day.
Just spray when the soil starts to dry. Keep it slightly moist at all times. It doesn't need to be wet, or completely dry.
35 day germination means that it can take up to 35 days for germination to start.
Hi, I recently acquired a ghost pepper plant and it seems to be "under the weather". I am new to hot pepper growing and need some assistance. While the plant is still producing new leaves, they seems to be curling and have white fuzz on the leaves and stem. Older leaves have some brown spots on them and others have fallen off. I have attached a photo and would love some assistance in trying to save this guy.
This is a severe fungal infection. You are going to want to go ahead and pot that up into a larger container with fresh soil. Make sure that the soil is not infected before using. It should smell like soil, but not rotting, or like bread or alcohol.
After potting up, make up a mixture of 1/4 peroxide, and 3/4 water. Water this once, and it will help to take care of the infection.
Make sure that you are not overwatering. If there is any moisture at all within two inches of the top of the soil, then you will want to wait until it is completely dry down to about two inches. Overwatering is the most common cause of this issue, so it is important to only water when necessary.
I am attempting to grow some really hot peppers. Carolina Reapers started off poorly. I did not prune them when I transplanted, which I learned later was necessary. Started losing leaves. Tried Miracle grow, only to learn it has too much nitrogen. More fell off and I thought I had lost them. Added epsom salt(magnesium) and it looks much healthier and starting to produce peppers. Ghost plants are three times as bushy and already harvested one.(But not eaten it yet). I think pruning at transplant could have been my big mistake. Any thought from experienced pepper growers? Wind is blowing pretty hard in pictures.
I grow serrano peppers and I don't prune them at all. On the other hand, they are in containers with a plant support around them. Stem breakage has never been a problem for me and production is heavy. The idea behind pruning peppers is to have sturdier central stems as some larger varieties are prone to breaking. On the other hand, producing fruit is very taxing for a plant - it takes a lot of energy. More leaves = more plant energy. The following link discusses pros and cons and has a video on how/when to prune. Gardening is an on-going learning experience and experiment. https://www.therustedgarden.com/blogs/vegetable-gardening-tips-blog/how-to-the-benefits-of-topping-off-or-pruning-pepper-plants-several-video-examples-with-control-plant