Q: Hi Dave,
I have planted seeds from fresh red Thai chiles and they have germinated and are looking good. However, some of my mature plants (jalapenos) seem to be dropping their flowers. What might I be doing wrong? The plants receive very good sun light. Would over or under watering result in this?
Thanks in advance,
A: Hello Mark:
It is difficult to diagnose chile problems long distance. There are a lot of possible reasons for flower drop, including excessive heat (probably not the case here), excessive cold, over fertilizing (too much nitrogen), and over watering. Flower drop is probably the most common problem encountered by chile growers and sometimes the condition defies analysis. One time I had a plant that continually dropped all its flowers, never set fruit, and it was very frustrating, since the plants around it were normal. I never did figure out what was wrong.–Dave