peppers

Hello.

can any body tell me why my peppers are turning yellow and dropping of just after flowering.

Dave.

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Because they haven't been fertilized.  Make sure the ventilation is good so the insects can get at them, although they are usually self-fertile, sometimes they need a hand.

  • DiddydoitDiddydoit Posts: 803

    The plants are outside, there are loads of bees and hover flies around them and i feed regulary.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Then all you need is patience, as they still have not been fertilized.  

  • DiddydoitDiddydoit Posts: 803

    i have many swelling up ok but there  are many just dying off.

     

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,188

    You could try helping nature along by using a paintbrush and pretending to be a bee - I think the buzzing sound is optional !

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • Hot, dry winds and dry soil may prevent fruit set or cause abortion of small immature fruits. A uniform moisture supply is essential with peppers, especially during the harvest season. Irrigate to maintain uniform moisture (not soaked). You may want to consider applying a layer of mulch.

    Once you have flowers developed, you should apply a balanced fertilizer such as tomorite or chilli focus around the base of your peppers. IF you apply the fertilizer prior to flower before flowers develop, the fertilizer will create more foliage growth and very little to flower development.

    Calcium defficiency is also another problem to be concerned with. As with tomatoes, calcium should be applied foliarly and you can find it in a spray form at most of your hardware/garden shops. Please keep in mind that calcium is not readily translocated from roots to developing fruits/foilage so it's a good idea to apply it foliarly once the plant is established.

    NOTE: IF you smoke....always remember to wash your hands prior to handling pepper plants. The nicotine causes Tobacco mosaic and is easily spread once it becomes established.

     

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Unless the soil is calcium deficient, which would only occur in extremely poor soil, a healthy plant should happily distribute calcium via its roots and internal system to the fruit.

    The classic calcium-related problem, Blosson End Rot, arises when plant stress causes a hiccup within the plant's internal distribution system from the roots up. Foliar spraying of calcium doesn't help against BER because calcium can't transfer from the leaves to the fruit.

  • DiddydoitDiddydoit Posts: 803

    wow!!! i never new there was so much to learn about peppers, I have used new compost and 1 have been feeding weekly,so i just dont understand what is going on?.I do have lots of developping fruits.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    David, they don't need feeding weekly. Peppers are like toms, they perform a lot better if left to their own devices rather than pampered. In fact, overfeeding can contribute to fruiting problems.

  • DiddydoitDiddydoit Posts: 803

    Thank you for the advice,i will try a little of neglecy and see if that does the job.

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