The Q&A Archives: Pepper Plants not Producing Peppers

Question: We live just outside Chattanooga, TN. And every year we have trouble with peppers. This year are pepper plants are great looking but there isn't any pepers. The pepper plants are about 2 foot tall and look great! But no peppers.
What we doing wrong? We used Miricle Grow at the beginning of the season. I was told not to over feed pepper plants. Is this true?
What about using epson salts?
Or putting matches in the whole when you plant the pepper plants?

Answer: There are a number of reasons for peppers to be slow in producing, ranging from temperature ranges at the seedling stage to the ambiant temperatures to the variety you are growing to an overabundance of nitrogen. In order to produce peppers your plants must bloom, and too much nitrogen can induce the plants to produce more foliage rather than blooming. So in this sense it is possible that you may have overfertilized, especially if your soil is rich to begin with. The epsom salts (and matches which in the olden days provided some sulphur, I believe) are added to compensate for specific mineral deficiencies in the soil. To verify which amendments, if any, you need to add you should run some soil tests. Your County Extension (855-6113) should be able to help you with the tests and may also be able to suggest pepper varieties known to do particularly well in your area. Good luck with your peppers!

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