Re: [gardeners] green pepper problem

Margaret Lauterbach (
Thu, 17 Aug 2000 08:25:30 -0600

At 02:17 PM 8/17/00 +0000, you wrote:
>Dear List,
>   I have two green pepper plants, that I grew from seed, and there is 
> absolutely no sign of fruit!  They are about waist high, loads of leaves 
> and flowers but not the slightest sign of any green peppers on the dang 
> things.
>I went out and 'pollinated' the flowers with my fingers after a while when 
>I saw things were not going as I had hoped with them.  But, I was just 
>wondering -- what could explain this sterility with the plantoids??  Has 
>anyone else had this happen?
>  many thanks,
>      Carolyn

If your plants are waist-high, they may have been given too much nitrogen. 
Plants will put more energy into vegetative growth than fruiting. High 
temperatures, for instance above 95, will cause blossom drop instead of 
fruit set. Give them more potassium and phosphate.  Margaret L