No fruit on green peppers... why and what can I do to force bloom
Last year my pepper plants were DRIPPING with green peppers.
This year, the only fruits on the plants are the 2 or 3 that were already forming when I planted the transplants in early June.
The plants themselves are healthy, not overly bushy, but just about right. But there are NO blossoms and no fruits. I know that too much nitrogen can lead to bushy leaves and no fruit... but I didn't think I'd done anything differently this year compared to last year. The weather has certainly been different: last year was cool and rainy all June and July; this year has been unusually HOT and dry for Maine.
Regardless of the cause, is there any hope at all for these plants? Is there anything I can do to "force" them to bloom and set fruit. If they bloomed now I might get some green ones by frost....
if it's a lost cause, I might just rip out the whole bed (a large part of my garden, I was hoping to freeze lots this year...) and plant a fall crop instead.....
Thanks for any advice!