peppers in the summer?
Everyone says that peppers grow well in the summer, but here in central Texas we know better. In fact, you plant them in the spring, and by summer you have beautiful bushes that, because of the intense heat, refuse to produce. Flowers falling off left and right. You keep them watered and then, maybe by October, you start to get fruit, and try to hang on for a month or two until it gets uncomfortably cold for the plants. My experience with peppers the last few years has been like a bad joke.
So, are there any tricks here? Or, at best, how do you encourage their leafy growth in the summer so they'll go gangbusters in the late fall? Wat's the trick to growing peppers in central Texas? Yes, I know that Jalapenos are a bit more tolerant of heat than others, but in my experience it's just a bit.