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post #1 of 11 Old 07-10-2018, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Jalenenos not hot

I have 2 jalepeno plants that I picked peppers from this year and both have been very mild in the heat department. These are not a heatless variety and they were the first peppers I got this year. They were purchased as plants and not from last years seed. Itís too early to tell if all my other peppers are mild but Iím getting worried. We are still under construction at my home so we have a portable garden in a dozen large pots with miracle grow organic potting soil. They are in central PA sun all day long and look healthy. The peppers are fat, firm and a glossy dark green. What am I doing wrong?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-11-2018, 08:36 AM
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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.
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We have not had any rain for a week or so but before that it was well above normal. I stopped watering them and treating them so good. Ill report back in a couple weeks since they are really taking off.

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Agreed, pepper plants that are getting barely enough water are much hotter than ones that are getting plenty
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I wish they never would have made the not hot jalapenos peppers. Down here in Texas it is still hard to get the hot ones any more. Even though you buy hot, you may end up with mild jalapenos peppers.

I think it is best to pick the peppers before you water. They seem to be hotter if you can let the ground dry out. So pick first then water.

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You have to be mad when planting hot peppers or they will not be hot. The madder you are the hotter the peppers will be.
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You have to be mad when planting hot peppers or they will not be hot. The madder you are the hotter the peppers will be.
Regular cursing at the plants seems to help as well.

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I quit watering mines last year and they were hotter than ever. Made cowboy candy and couldn't even eat any of it. Too hot!

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Re: Jalenenos not hot

If you like hot, perhaps, you may start planting pepper from the right seeds. Look for SHU Scoville Heat Unit for the right heat unit you want. Then mail order the seeds. The hottest in the world is Carolina Reaper. Dragon's Breath could be even hotter. I tried Carolina Reaper. Had it in my mouth for 5 seconds then spitted it out, I got dripping sweats.

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Jalapenos peppers are not high on the Scoville scale. If you want really hot and flavor the habanero pepper is a good one. One thing I do when I plant peppers in the garden is I do not mix mild and hot peppers they seem to cross. I plant mild peppers on one side of the garden and hot peppers on the other side.

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If you like hot, perhaps, you may start planting pepper from the right seeds. Look for SHU Scoville Heat Unit for the right heat unit you want. Then mail order the seeds. The hottest in the world is Carolina Reaper. Dragon's Breath could be even hotter. I tried Carolina Reaper. Had it in my mouth for 5 seconds then spitted it out, I got dripping sweats.
I have a Reaper that I've overwintered and is now 2yrs old and over 8ft tall. It has very hot peppers with great flavor. I cut the seeds and vein out of them and eat with a knife and fork.
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