I have heard bell peppers like acid soil? also heard peat moss is acid. I usually till a whole 3.3 cu ft bag of peat moss into the soil for my bell pepper row which is usually 4 or 6 plants depending on what size plant tray is available at the garden store. Plants grow much larger and make lots of very large bell peppers, often 50 peppers per plant 4″ to 4.5″ diameter in cool Fall weather.
This year I bought a 4 pack plant tray of sweet bell peppers. I only had enough peat moss left over from last year for 2 bell pepper plants. The 2 plants with peat moss are 59″ tall and slowly producing peppers. The 2 plants with no peat mass are 41″ tall and producing no bell peppers yet.
2 weeks ago I started putting, scrap tomatoes, coffee grounds, pineapple scraps, around both the 41″ tall plants that are making no bell peppers. These scraps are all acid.
Today I noticed the 41″ plants have new growth, 1 plant has 19 tiny bell peppers. The other plant has 15 baby size bell peppers. The 2 taller plants are making new growth too, 1 plant has 11 tiny bell peppers, the other has 10 bell peppers.
The weather has changed, days are 1 hour less sunlight, the temperature is below normal 85 yesterday and 86 today. It appears to be the 2 short plants are doing better than the 2 tall plants. Because they have about 2 times more bell peppers and several blossoms.
I never water any of my plants that forces them to grow deep roots in preparation for hot 98 degree weather. I have given all 4 plants pellet lime for BER but no fertilizer this year. All 4 plants get morning sun the cool part of the day. About 12 noon by the clock all 4 plants get shade from a large tree the rest of the day until dark.
High noon here according to my scientific test, compos and shadow test is 1:10 pm. As soon as daylight saving time is over high noon will be 12:10 pm.
What is your experience with bell peppers that makes them grow lots of large bell peppers? Tell me in the comment box.