Red Bell Pepper - Knowledgebase Question

McKinney, Te
Question by billhise
April 30, 2010
I purchased a compact variety bell pepper plant at Home Depot. It is a great plant and has about 10 peppers on it. The largest about 2.5' in diameter. Now all the new buds are falling off. They just dry up at the base and fall off. Should I harvest a few peppers to encourage more growth?

Answer from NGA
April 30, 2010


If the peppers are ripe, go ahead and harvest them. Flowers that drop without setting fruit usually indicate lack of insect activity to transfer pollen, or temperatures over 90F which can render the pollen sterile. I'm sure your plant will eventually develop more peppers. Just be patient with it! Oh, and enjoy those peppers!

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