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Old 01-30-2009, 06:09 AM
johnk johnk is offline
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PROBLEM with PEPPERS:
Could someone please offer some advice. This is the second time I've tried to grow peppers (bell &
anaheim) and am having the same problem each time.
The growth is great until I get to the fruiting cycle. The blossoms appear (lots of them) but the stems
fall and no fruit is produced.
The tomatoes growing at the other end of the system are producing fruit just fine. Here are all the
details I can think of:
-- Using a 3-part nutrient designed for hydroponics, and mixed according to manufacturer's
directions. -- Keeping PPM in a range from 1400-900.
-- Keeping PH at around 7.0 - 7.2
-- Keeping temperature to 70 in day, 60 - 62 at night.
-- Growing in grow rocks, with continual feed drip ring. (First time around tried intermittent drip)
-- Growing indoors under metal halide with light mover (400 watt with five plants), with some light
from north and west facing windows. 18 hrs artificial light per day. Air circulation is intermittent fan.
Thanks very much for any suggestions. (This is driving me *crazy*!).
john

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Old 01-30-2009, 06:09 AM
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At the better nurseries they sell a product called Tomato Set where you spray this stuff on the fruit to
make it set. If you can find something like that for peppers that's all I can think of because your
growing conditions couldn't be better.
I have had problems taking bell peppers to full term but I have had great results with banana and all
kinds of hot peppers.
Ron

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