Answer: Your pepper problems may have been caused by environmental conditions. Peppers are a heat-loving crop, and are particularly sensitive to environmental stresses such as cool weather and drought. In particular, cool weather (and very hot weather) will cause pepper blossoms and/or young fruit to drop. When rotating crops in your garden, rotate by family -- that is, since peppers and tomatoes are related, don't plant them in the same spot in successive years. Rather, try a three-year rotation, planting peppers or tomatoes in that spot only every third year, and crops of different families in the intervening years. And keep an eye on soil fertility and pH. It is possible that your peppers have been affected by tobacco mosaic virus; symptoms include mottled, curled leaves, misshapen fruit, and overall stunting. Burpees does sell two sweet pepper varieties listed as resistent to tobacco mosaic virus: Gypsy Hybrid and Lemon Belle Hybrid.
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