Green pepper fruit problems

by Amanda

For the last two years I've tried growing green peppers. I planted them in raised garden beds with organic soil. The first year, they sprouted up really tall and leafy with some sort of flowery (pollinating thing-sorry not very scientific sounding) on top which was quite messy (brushed off easily). Anyway, not a single pepper was to be seen. The next year, I planted them again. This time, they sprouted up (not quite as tall) and started to get what I assumed were the beginnings of peppers. Only, these "fruit" turned grey and fuzzy looking. It wasn't true fuzz, as it was hard and somewhat prickly to the touch. Again, no edible peppers.

What do you think I'm doing wrong? I'd hate to bother trying to plant them again and just have the same issues. I could use the space for something else and just not have homegrown peppers (which so far is normal for me).

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May 17, 2015
green pepper buds but no fruit
by: Anonymous

I live in Panama, Central America. I had the same problem. I went to my favorite book, The Joy of Gardening, by Dick Raymond, to read up what the problem was. Your plants/soil lack magnesium. What the book said was to put one tablespoon of Epsom Salts in a windex spray bottle with warm water and shake it up. Then spray the flowers of your pepper plants. I did this and what a difference I had peppers on every plant and they did not fall off either.

So give it a try before you give up. Another tip the book said was to put unlit matches in the hole before putting the seedling in. Cover the matches with soil so the roots do not touch them for a little while as the plants start growing. The reason for this is that the matches make fertilizer in the soil less available as peppers don't want big helpings of fertilizer.y

May 21, 2015
Diseased pepper plants
by: ~ Megan

Too hard without a photo. The magnesium idea hold some merit, give it a go, and it would be worth while having a soil test done.
Other ideas are that it's some sort of virus, fungus, rot, blight. Destroy plants and use a different patch to grow next time. Don't water overhead so that water stays on plants overnight. Maybe it's too cold and wet in your area.

Jul 13, 2015
Green peppers
by: Anonymous

I actually need to ask a question. .My green paper plant is full and Bushy. It has purple flowers ( hum)??? 3 ft tall NO PEPPER, yet, what to do?? I have never seen purple flowers,but where are my peppers,I live in Seattle, Washington. .tks

Jul 13, 2015
Slow growing peppers, only flowers
by: Pipi

Wait, the fruit come after the flowers. Purple or white flowers are normal.

Getting on in the season for peppers, they should formed by now and ripening in many areas.

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