Indoor Carolina Reapers

SandHands(6)August 29, 2014

Has anybody had success growing reapers indoors? I have a few very healthy plants in the sunniest window possible right now, but I'm getting severe flower-drop. I have dozens of buds on each plant but they all just fall off before setting fruit.

I've read through some of the common causes of this and the only thing that I think could be causing it is pot size... I have them in 8inch pots right now which I know is on the smaller side but I feel like if the plant is going to all of the trouble to make tons of blossoms it must be relatively happy.

If the pot is the issue, can I repot into a larger container and still hope for any yield this year?


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From what I understand you will not be able to get the plant to set fruit in a sunny window. You will need a lot more light than that. Also a typical fluorescent light that we use to start our plants will not work either. You will need a full spectrometry light HID I believe.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 11:41AM
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I forgot to mention your pot is plenty big to set fruit. The plant won't get as big as it could but producing peppers won't be a problem. Getting the correct amount and type of light is your issue.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 11:45AM
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Hmm, I would've thought if blossoms can thrive then the light was sufficient. My only outdoor option is a very hot roof right now. If I slowly introduce the plants to the sun and stay on top of watering, do you think it's too late in the season to see any production?

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 12:09PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Depends on where you are located.
But introducing indoor plants to the sun is going to beat the hell out of them.


    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 12:36PM
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I'm in zone 6a so I'd guess we only have another month or two before it gets colder.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 1:52PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

You're right on the edge. Shade the pots and keep up the watering and the plants should be okay - assuming that they have been hardened to the sun. If they haven't been hardened, that will take at least another week.

But go ahead and try it. The plants are tough and you can't do any real lasting damage. And you could learn a lot.


P.S. Please put your zone in your profile.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 8:34PM
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Flower drop probable causes:

1. Day temp too high >95F
2. Night temp too low 85F
3. Too much nitrogen fertilizer
4. Too much water
5. Low light levels (reduces fertility).
6. Very low humidity (reduces fertility)
7. Poor air circulation (air circulation contributes to pollination).
8. Lack of pollinating insects.
9. Size of pot

  1. Too much mineral in feedwater.
  2. Too much grower attention/anxiety.
    Bookmark   August 30, 2014 at 8:23AM
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