Have planted habanero chili plants. They have grown but have not yet bloomed. Is there something I should do? They are in sunlight much of the day and get plenty of water and fertilizer. Help!
I would give them a little more time. Also, it would not hurt to give them some phosphorous, to encourage blooms. Check what kind of fertilizer you used in the past on them. You want something that has a first number that is lower than or equal to the last. This is because the nitrogen (the first number) can overwhelm the phosphorous (the last number) and inhibit blooming.
What fertilizer do I need to grow habanero peppers?
Compost or a balanced fertilizer makes an excellent fertilizer for these peppers.
I live in Texas. I purchased a habanero plant from Wal-Mart about 3 months ago. I also purchased serrano plants. After 3 months, my habanero has not grown an inch. My serrano has produced plenty. What am I doing wrong? I now have my habanero in a small pot and it has a mix of sand and top soil. I water about twice a week. The plant is not as green as when I purchased it but it is not yellow.
You may need to fertilize the plant, as the lighter green is an indication that it may be low on nitrogen or iron. Compost added to the soil may help. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/pepper-fertilizer.htm
I bought four habanero plants that looked healthy. When I transferred to my garden two of them are growing great the other two have not. They are not dead but leaves are small and almost yellowish and remain small. Please help. I love peppers.
When you planted them in the garden, were the root systems all about the same? Usually when plants from the same grower seem to develop at different rates the roots are stronger on the more vigorous plants. Check the soil at each plant, if the plants that arte struggling have wetter/drier soil, either water more or slack off. Are you fertilizing? You might want to hold off fertilizing the weaker plants a little. If the root system is struggling, and they have been getting a lot of fertilizer, it can burn tender root tips. If the roots don't look as healthy on the "sad" plants as the "happy" ones, you may want to drench with an all purpose fungicide.
Do habanero pepper plants come back or do you need to replant them the next year?
While they are considered perennial plants in their native regions, here in the US (and most other temperate areas) the plant is treated as an annual. It will die out in winter and must be replanted each season.
How to grow habaneros?
This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/growing-habanero-peppers.htm
My Habanero plant is 12" by 12" in a pot and is full of peppers. It has produced for the last two years. All of a sudden it's beginning to lose all its leaves. It looks as if I will lose it. What do you suggest I do to prevent this? Thank you.
While there are a number of possible causes - temperature and/or water stress, insects, disease - I'm thinking that it's possible your peppers have some sort of root or soil fungus. Most of these things are awfully hard to treat. You could try simply cutting back on water, watering with some neem oil, which knocks out some types of fungus (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm) or you could try pulling them out of the pots, washing off all the old soil, and repotting in fresh. You might also try rooting cuttings, in case you lose the whole plant. Here's some more info on pepper diseases: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/common-pepper-plant-problems.htm