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Cayene Chili?

Can anyone help me.
I have cayenne Chili in green house, it is doing well and looking well but when ever a flower comes it seems to dry and drop off. Can you help please


  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    Can you post a couple of photos? How big is the plant? Does the flower drop off before or after flowering? Are there other flowers still on the plant after one drops off?
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Assuming an unheated greenhouse in the UK, night temperatures are still dipping too low for the fruit to set.  Once it is consistently above about 14-15C, then they should start self-pollinating.  You can help by tapping the stems on sunny days which will vibrate the flowers and allow pollen to move from the stamen to the stigma.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Leonard 2Leonard 2 Posts: 18
    Yes it is an unheated green house.
    I will try  what you say and see what happens.#
    Thank you so much
    Streltizia, thank you too for taking the time.
  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    @BobTheGardener I've got fruit setting on all my chillies and all varieties including cayenne. They're all in an unheated greenhouse next to tomatoes, and it's dropped to about 7 degrees here overnight last week...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    @strelitzia32 They obviously set during a period when temperatures were higher, for example 2 weeks ago.  Once fertilised, the flower/forming fruit won't drop off just because of a dip in temperatures!  The problem is getting the flowers fertilised in the first place which has been tricky since the recent warm spell ended.  Other factors also play a part, of course.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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