Indoor pepper plant?
Ok. I have two indoor pepper plants. I want to keep them alive and healthy. I have never grown peppers indoor before so this is a learning process.
When my plants first started to bloom I did not think about pollination. But after dozens of blooms fell off I realized that pollination would not occur on it's own indoors. Since then I have tried to accomplish pollination several ways, Q-tips, fans, open window on windy days, electric toothbrush. At one point I did something right because I got 30 fruits all at once on one plant. These first fruits are now fully mature, but since then I have not been able to get another single fruit. Recently the blooms have been falling off at and alarming rate and the plants don't look like they are thriving. I don't know what I am doing wrong.
Here are a few questions I have.
1. Does pollination have to occur at a certain time? I.E. are blooms only open to receive pollination at certain times of the day or during a certain window of time after they form?
2. What is the best way to effect pollination indoors?
3. With the days growing shorter, should I use a grow light? If so, which one would be best for indoor use? Do I need a dedicated grow light fixture, or are there bulbs that can be used in my existing fixtures?
4. My plants are getting huge. Can pepper plants be pruned? Or should I prune them?
5. My plants are in large 20" vinyl pots with about 60 pounds of Miracle-Gro Moisture Control potting soil. They are about 4 feet tall. How much and how often should I water them?
I know that I have a lot of questions. I do not expect exact answers, just some experienced recommendations. Thanks