Pepper trick

Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by Kutter, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Here is an ol idea I heard years ago and have used every year since. When planting pepper plants, dig the hole about 4 inches deeper than normal. Into that hole, place the contents of a book of matches. Cover them up to the depth you would normally dig and plant your peppers as normal.
    Something about the phosphorous (sp) in the book match heads. By the time the roots get down deep enough to get to the matches, it is about the time they need extra phosphorous. Those plants will grow far better and produce more.
     
  2. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Hey, neat trick does it really work?
     

  3. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    I dont think my pepper plants can produce anymore than they already do. Seen over a hundred on one plant and hot as could be. May try it anyway just to see and compare from one plant to the other.
     
  4. Bayoubear

    Bayoubear New Member

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    id suggest you test your soil first.
    if you dont need it then you may do more harm than good.
     
  5. waterwalker

    waterwalker New Member

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    Actually this trick does work, I don't use book matches, instead I use stick
    matches, just stick half a dozen around the plants. I also spray mine with
    epson salt solution makes the wall thick and meaty. ( 1tbs to 1 gal water )
     
  6. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    I'm going to give that a try.:cool: My peppers usually do well I just have a problem with them falling over. Does any one stake them?
    Sure glad we have this garden topic on board now! :)
     
  7. joesf

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    It may also have something to do with the sulfur I know I spray my apples with some sulfur solutions to keep the blights a rust diseases down.
     
  8. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    It may very well be the sulpher. I remember the tip, not the details of why it works.
     
  9. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    What kind of sulphur solutions do you use or can you make it?
    Ive staked my pepper plants and tied them up to a fence. Those tomatoe cages work good too. You can also just mound dirt up around the base and pack it.