[gardeners] Re: Too hot for Peppers?

bsk (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 20 May 2001 08:37:29 -0500

I am still learning lots about plants. Last year I learned that bell peppers
do not like heat. In my far off garden of 2 miles or so they just started
keeling over when the heat really started to come on here in central
Oklahoma. There wasn't even a way of watering them there and the summer
rains cut off on July 4 th. I dug them up and put them in large plastic pots
and put them under a large oak tree with partial shade. I still couldn't
keep up with the watering them! They wilted at the least amount of hot. I
put them into more shade and they didn't wilt as often but then they didn't
really produce either. They survived is about it. Just for kicks I wanted to
see if they could make it in the winter protected. Sure enough they did. If
I tried harder inside I might have gotten something out of them, but for me
they just lost their leaves much like a dormant tree. This spring I started
watering again and they leafed out. I don't know if I am going to even try
to keep them going but it was a interesting experiment. Are other HOT pepper
plants very much like this?

Okie zone 7a