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Re: Jalenenos not hot
If you're getting the rain there, liked here in Central Ohio, that may be the problem. The drier the summer, the hotter the pepper. I've had mild banana peppers get pretty warm, in a hot, dry summer. If Mother Nature shuts the tap off on the rain for a while, like it seems to be here this week, new ones coming on should be hotter.
Look for ones later on with little white cracks, or, stretch marks. Those will be the warm ones..!! Something I tried,and seemed to work well here for higher production of blossom/fruit, is to spray them with Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate). Just do a foliar spray, until it drips off. I'm thinking 2 TBS. of ES, to a gallon of water. It really helped set new bloom on Peppers, and Tomatoes. 2 years ago, I picked 5 times, of loaded Pepper plants, and a 6th went to waste, due to higher priorities.
It also helped to put a tsp. of ES under the plant when setting them out. I usually add the ES, then a bit of dirt to keep from direct contact with roots, to keep from burning them, then set the plant. It made for some gorgeous 30"to 36" tall Jalapeno, and Bell Pepper plants, that produced exceedingly well, with applying the ES in foliar feed, when they started setting bloom.