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Is adding Fertilizer Help Chilies get Hotter?

If I add Fertilizers to a chilies plant help the chili get spicier or just help it get bigger and help the plant, as the chilies might have a level to how hot it gets?
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I don't grow hot peppers, but what I have heard is that adding fertilizers tends to make them less hot. It helps grow the plant bigger, but dilutes the capsaicin essence. That is especially true if your fertilizer is high in Nitrogen (the N in NPK). If you fertilize, you want something high in P & K. Over watering also contributes to lush growth, but not hot.

Here's a little article about growing your peppers hotter:

https://www.zone9garden.com/make-hot-peppers-hotter
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rainbowgardener wrote:I don't grow hot peppers, but what I have heard is that adding fertilizers tends to make them less hot. It helps grow the plant bigger, but dilutes the capsaicin essence. That is especially true if your fertilizer is high in Nitrogen (the N in NPK). If you fertilize, you want something high in P & K. Over watering also contributes to lush growth, but not hot.

Here's a little article about growing your peppers hotter:

https://www.zone9garden.com/make-hot-peppers-hotter
Interesting article - thanks for the link.
Spot on about close proxmity for different types. I had anaheim plant next to a chile de arbol- and the anaheim had some the hottest I ever tasted.

Sulfur- hmmm, does it change soil ph? I thought it did not?

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sulfur is acidifying.
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instead of fertilizing with the normal NPK you would get at any store, try adding some minerals to the soil. imo they help keep the plant healthy and increase the heat greatly.

also go easy on the watering, too much water makes for weak peppers.
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What variety of chile are you growing? If you want them hotter, you can usually find a variety that is genetically hotter.

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Im growing serranos, and I just planted some Ghost Peppers and soon to get some Scorpion Trinidad
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soil wrote:instead of fertilizing with the normal NPK you would get at any store, try adding some minerals to the soil. imo they help keep the plant healthy and increase the heat greatly.

also go easy on the watering, too much water makes for weak peppers.
I use fish/kelp emulsion, which is good for micro nutrients :wink:

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I Have a product called, Fish and Poop but idk if that will help, I have another witch is slow release 14-14-14 pellets and some Tomato ferilizer
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I think you will find the ones you mentioned hot enough if grown under normal conditions. I like a pepper with some flavor I can taste, as well as a little heat. If I just want to burn my tongue, well I have a soldering iron I can use, LOL :wink: JUST KIDDING! Don't try that at home :D

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Well I'm those people who love the pain of eating spicy stuff I eat about 3 Habaneros with a meal if I have the habaneros my whole family loves it, and I can use the Ghost peppers to make a hot salsa but by using little of the pepper
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Also I might have some extra scorpion seeds by the end of the week if you guys/gurls want any
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I can't believe anyone on the forum likes me-I hate hot peppers ! On tacos I like that bottled ultra-mild green sauce. :oops:
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That would be verde Deborah :D

I don't like it too spicy either, you can't taste anything afterwards :eek:

I tend to go for poblano(ancho) ,pasilla, anaheim with a little touch of serrano, arbol, jalapeno chopped up very finely.

Oroz, chile are slow growing, earliest ones I've heard of are around 70 days to maturity. You should look for the early type.

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oooh, I'm going to start pasilla bajio next week or so...
https://www.botanicalinterests.com/products/view/0181/Pepper-Chile-Pasilla-Bajio-Heirloom-Seed

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Yeah I don't like it too hot either. I usually don't like anything hotter than Cayenne. One time I used to think Jalapenos were hot but got used to them, then thought Serranos were hot and while they do have a nice bite to them I am used to them now. So now I am going for something just a little hotter like Lemon Drop.

I think the more peppers you eat you get a tolerance to them.

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Yea I thought serranos were hot but got used to em then I heard of the Ghost peppers and been eating Habaneros to get my tolorance up, now I can eat them at least 2 before sweating a tear but 3 is my tolerance
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How don't you like peppers there the spice of life
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I gotta try a Habanero one of these days. Never had one but would like to try it and see what it is like.

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Its intense if you eat it in one bite but delicious on many bites, they have a flavor that is way different than any other pepper
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Tonio, si, verde !
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una advertencia. Fertilizer after plants start pepper production will increase plant growth and shut down budding & pepper production for a month or so.I've not noticed much difference in heat, but not a Scoville expert.
I've just started to save certain seeds and interested in any of the three you mentioned. I'm still a novice.
I prefer flan over orroz con leche, but both are excellent.
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OROZCONLECHE wrote:Its intense if you eat it in one bite but delicious on many bites, they have a flavor that is way different than any other pepper
Yeah that is what I hear. That habaneros have a good fruity flavor but most people don't taste it cause the heat numbs you. But after you build a tolerance you can taste the real flavor. I don't plan on taking a habanero whole but maybe a small bite on the 1st try.


BTW there is this pepper called Aji Dulce, supposedly it is the same taste as the habanero minus the heat.

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I received some Aji Dulce by a good friend from Puerto Rico and I have a few left if you need any, and they are just sprouting and Yea I heard they are delicious, even thought im not so much a fan of Sweet peppers those caught my eye, besides been well known
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I already have some. Gonna grow them this Spring.

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Well I got Serrano, Jalapeno, Manzano and a couple more sprouting right now, the Manzano is a good size but my main one is the Ghost Pepper but that is still a seed trying to sprout.
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I got a Serrano going on year 2. It is growing peppers right now too with this temp. But it is growing more slowly. During the Spring/Summer I got like 50 something peppers off the plant. Then it got sick for some reason, its leaves were yellowing and curling. After giving it some TLC it came back. Once it gives me this next group of peppers I am gonna prune it down about half way.

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Omg my oldest serrano plant is been growing for over 4-5 months and for some reason after it got its 4 true leaves it just stoped and its been like that sense then, I planted a tomato plant about two months ago and it got way bigger than the serrano, the serrano looks healthy just not growing, my Manzano is catching up so if it does I'm just going to switch pots and let the manzano pepper take its place
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I had a tomato plant stop growing and it even had tomatoes on it not ripe yet. But since it has been sunny for a week to 2 weeks I can see it growing a little. The tomatoes look like they may ripen soon and I see more tomatoes forming in some flowers.

Yeah the cooler weather will do that. Sounds like your Serrano is doing what my tomato did. It is still alive but may be dormant.

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Yea sound like what us doing, but its weird that the other plants ain't but if they wana stay dormant till spring than that's fine with me, it will give me a head start in spring.
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This is my room, all are paper mouthwash paper cups, on top of the header of my bed, From Left to Right 100% Germination: Chile De Arbol, Serrano, Aji Dulce, Guajillo, Jalapeno, Habanero, Manzano, Small Jalapeno. [img]https://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/OROZCOVICTOR/2012-01-04220943.jpg[/img]
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Cool. When they get a little bigger change them to a pot a little bigger. Then when spring comes around put them in the ground.

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But right away I would put drainage holes in the cups, so water doesn't stay in it. Then you will need to put some kind of tray under them so the water doesn't make a mess all over. If you can't do that, you will need to be VERY, VERY careful about how much water you give -- water with an eyedropper!

For future reference, I would fill the cups to almost the top with potting soil, just enough that the soil doesn't spill over. Your little seedlings are sitting down at the bottom of a well, which cuts down the amount of light they get. They probably aren't getting as much light as they would like no matter what you do, so you don't want to cut it down any more.
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Yea my plan is to fill it with soil to the top put holes in the bottom, I can put em by a window for light and see who can stay alive, I found 8 pots for a dollar at the 99 ¢ store so I'm going to put them in there when they get big and in spring on the floor
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