Chile Pepper Production - Knowledgebase Question

Lafayette Hill, PA
Question by mmiller14
July 18, 1999
I have a variety of chile pepper plants (Hungarian wax, cayenne red, cherry peppers). While the plants are thriving, there only seem to be a couple of peppers growing on each plant. There had been quite a few flowers previously on each but most are now gone. In contrast, the tomato plants we have are producing roughly 20 tomatoes simulataneously. Is this level of chile pepper production normal?

Answer from NGA
July 18, 1999


There are several reasons for reduced pepper production, including weather extremes while the plants are flowering, excess nitrogen (bigger plants but fewer blossoms), and choice of a variety not suited to your area. Since they bloomed well, I would suspect the weather caused the blossoms to drop. Be sure to pick the current crop promptly to encourage the plants to set additional peppers.

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