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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