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Jun 13, 2020 9:06 AM CST
Rhode Island
Hello,

I planted some giant marconi peppers in pots. I used miracle gro potting mix (21-11-16 ratio) I am wondering if the high amount of nitrogen in comparison to the other nutrients will prevent flower formation and thus fruit production? Was this particular potting mix a good choice or should I have chosen something else?

Thanks,

Jim
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Jun 14, 2020 12:12 AM CST
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It depends on if they are growing indoors or outdoors. Using 21-11-16 will grow peppers if the size of the container is big enough. You should get a lot of leaves and a few peppers. Don't allow the soil to flush out when you water and you should be ok for one growing season.
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Jun 14, 2020 1:00 AM CST
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Jun 14, 2020 1:47 AM CST
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Jun 14, 2020 7:31 PM CST
Rhode Island
Thanks for your answers! Would you recommend that I add some Epsom salt to the soil? Haps this will induce more blooms and peppers?
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Jun 14, 2020 8:44 PM CST
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I say no Epsom salt
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Jun 14, 2020 8:45 PM CST
Rhode Island
sallyg said:I say no Epsom salt


How come?
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Jun 14, 2020 9:40 PM CST
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Its another garden myth arising out of old ressearch that was either mis-interpreted or misunderstood. It found completely depleted soil in third world countries could benefit from fast infusions of magnesium. There's nothing faster than adding Epsom salt.

So if your soil was deficient in magnesium, Epsom salt would be the fix. But, your soil is very unlikely to lack magnesium because it came out of a bag. Plants need magnesium to survive but in very minute amouts. If there is too much magnesium in the soil, it blocks the intake of calcium by the plant. Block the calcium and you end up with blossom end rot.
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Jun 15, 2020 12:57 AM CST
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