I love pepper of all colors and I eat it fresh in salad, pickled and stuffed with rice and ground beef and cooked. I plant from 1 1/2 to 2 dozen plants. My plants are always healthy but I don't feel I am getting enough fruits. Today I was talking to a PHD student whose research center on plant biology. When I told him about my pepper story he told me the secret is in the way you fertilize your pepper. He told me make sure your fertilizer has a low N (nitrogen) I use 24-8-16, He said the 24 number should be the lowest. The higher the number you get a big tree with little fruit because the nitrogen encourages the plant to concentrate its energy on creating branches and little of its energy goes to the fruit. I know I can get a low N fertilizer from our farm store. He told me if you can not find a fertilizer with low N you will be better off using compost, humus and cow manure.
Does any body has experience in that regard.
I am getting ready to sow my pepper seeds in the seedling dome. Later I transplant them in small individual pots. When I take them to the garden beds in late April it should be 2 feet trees. I am itching please winter go away fast. LOL