pH and Peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Cornville, Ma
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Question by rgauvin
January 4, 2011
What is the correct pH for growing peppers? I live in Maine and have rather clayish and acidic soil. I grow peppers in containers so I can

Answer from NGA
January 4, 2011
Peppers like slightly acidic soils (pH 6.0 to 6.5) and regular potting soil should be just fine if you're growing your peppers in containers. (Potting soil contains peat moss, which is acidic.) If the tops of the plants are shrivelled, you may be overwatering. When blossoms do not form fruits, lack of pollination can be the cause. You can try gently tapping the stem with an open flower to encourage the pollen to drop onto the female parts of the flower. Hope this does the trick and you get a great harvest next year!

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