on chili peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Gilbert, Ar
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Question by mcarodelcast
August 12, 2010
I have been growing peppers on my patio in pots. My patio faces west so they get the late afternoon sun, but i also have a sunscreen covering my patio so that they wont burn. They are growing and they look fine. My problem is whenever i see the flowers come out within a few days they would fall off. One persons told me i needed to keep the soil wet, another person told me to let the soil dry out.

Answer from NGA
August 12, 2010
Sounds like you've done and are doing everything right so I understand your frustration when the plants fail to produce. A couple possibilities come to mind: Pepper pollen isn't viable when temperatures are much over 90 degrees, so fruits won't set. The good news is that once a plant begins to set fruit, others usually follow. So at this point it's a bit of a waiting game. Another possibility is that the flowers aren't being pollinated. There aren't as many pollinators around as in past years. Try placing floweirng plants near your peppers to encourage flying insect to visit the area. Best wishes with your peppers.

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