The Q&A Archives: Peppers Not Thriving

Question: My "False Alarm" Jalapeno pepper plants are not doing much of anything. They are planted in the same bed as my tomatoes, which are doing GREAT, and the peppers are just surviving, not growing very much at all, no flowers yet. Actually this is an improvement over last year when none of the peppers even made it to transplant stage. Any suggestions for helping my pooped peppers grow and produce?

Answer: A few things might be keeping the peppers from thriving. First of all, peppers need regular moisture, but do not enjoy wet feet. Peppers are heat lovers, and while I assume your weather has been warm, if you are in a cool microclimate, that may be reason. Also, it may be the peppers are just experiencing some transplant shock. Give them time, good drainage and warmth and they should bounce back. I always suggest having your soil tested every few years tofind out what the nutrient levels are, so you'll know how to fertilize.

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