What to do when peppers lose their flowers...

Do you notice that your peppers' flowers and buds are dropping? When you are growing peppers, you may encounter this problem from time to time and there’s no need to panic.

Peppers, even the heirloom seeds type, can be difficult to cultivate, and environmental conditions that are out of your control frequently lead to pepper blossom dropping. It's normal for some flowers to fall. In order to attract more pollinators, pepper plants produce more blooms than are necessary. This guarantees the fertilization of a few flowers.

In pepper plants, high blossom drops can have a variety of causes:

  • Erratic humidity levels
  • High temperature
  • Watering too little or too much
  • Poor pollination
  • High levels of nitrogen
  • Phosphorous deficiency

There are other reasons apart from these that might cause your pepper flowers to fall off. Observe your plant and see what stresses them from too much wind or rain to improper handling.

How To Use Epsom Salt In Treating Pepper Flowers Dropping

When you keep your pepper plants healthy, you can lessen and eliminate most issues, including dropping flowers. 

Epsom salt is known to help pepper plants thrive, become lush, and produce as many fruits as they can. You can also use it for pest control and magnesium deficiency, which are the main culprits for pepper losing their flowers. Mineral deficiencies hinder photosynthesis, causing the pepper plant's leaves to change color and reduce its ability to absorb nutrients. Here are several ways you can use Epsom salt on your pepper plant:

  • For magnesium deficiency, use Epsom salt as a foliar spray by mixing 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt and 4 cups of water. The mixture should be sprayed directly on each plant's leaf for each foot it grows.
  • For pest control, combine a cup of Epsom salt and 5 gallons of water. Spray the leaves with this mixture. You can also sprinkle dry Epsom salts on the soil around the base of your pepper plants.
  • For seed germination, add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to one gallon of water. Drench the soil with this solution. You can also sprinkle Epsom salt at the bottom of the seedbed before planting.

Keep in mind that peppers are a little finicky compared to most garden plants, but they are definitely worth cultivating. Epsom salt can be your friend when pepper buds and flowers start falling. And while you should make every effort to give your plants the greatest circumstances for growth, some factors are simply beyond our control.

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