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Diddydoit

Hello.

can any body tell me why my peppers are turning yellow and dropping of just after flowering.

Dave.

Welshonion

Because they haven't been fertilized.  Make sure the ventilation is good so the insects can get at them, although they are usually self-fertile, sometimes they need a hand.

Diddydoit

The plants are outside, there are loads of bees and hover flies around them and i feed regulary.

Welshonion

Then all you need is patience, as they still have not been fertilized.  

Diddydoit

i have many swelling up ok but there  are many just dying off.

 

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chicky

You could try helping nature along by using a paintbrush and pretending to be a bee - I think the buzzing sound is optional !

Stacey Docherty

Hot, dry winds and dry soil may prevent fruit set or cause abortion of small immature fruits. A uniform moisture supply is essential with peppers, especially during the harvest season. Irrigate to maintain uniform moisture (not soaked). You may want to consider applying a layer of mulch.

Once you have flowers developed, you should apply a balanced fertilizer such as tomorite or chilli focus around the base of your peppers. IF you apply the fertilizer prior to flower before flowers develop, the fertilizer will create more foliage growth and very little to flower development.

Calcium defficiency is also another problem to be concerned with. As with tomatoes, calcium should be applied foliarly and you can find it in a spray form at most of your hardware/garden shops. Please keep in mind that calcium is not readily translocated from roots to developing fruits/foilage so it's a good idea to apply it foliarly once the plant is established.

NOTE: IF you smoke....always remember to wash your hands prior to handling pepper plants. The nicotine causes Tobacco mosaic and is easily spread once it becomes established.

 

Italophile

Unless the soil is calcium deficient, which would only occur in extremely poor soil, a healthy plant should happily distribute calcium via its roots and internal system to the fruit.

The classic calcium-related problem, Blosson End Rot, arises when plant stress causes a hiccup within the plant's internal distribution system from the roots up. Foliar spraying of calcium doesn't help against BER because calcium can't transfer from the leaves to the fruit.

Diddydoit

wow!!! i never new there was so much to learn about peppers, I have used new compost and 1 have been feeding weekly,so i just dont understand what is going on?.I do have lots of developping fruits.

Italophile

David, they don't need feeding weekly. Peppers are like toms, they perform a lot better if left to their own devices rather than pampered. In fact, overfeeding can contribute to fruiting problems.

Diddydoit

Thank you for the advice,i will try a little of neglecy and see if that does the job.

Diddydoit

The chillies that i thought i had bought seem to me to be more like a pepper as there is no heat in it,But the shape seems to be like a jalapeno.Maybe it could be a sweet peper?

Stacey Docherty

You have picked them already? But early..... Did you think they were a jalapeño? Not that hot anyway.... Can you post a pic?

Diddydoit

I only tried one of the to taste them as i love chilli,but hate peppers.

Diddydoit

What is your hotest chili Stace,above a scotch bonnet?

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