Boosting Pepper Production

Last year I harvested literally hundreds of peppers from my little garden. One neighbor, in particular, remarked several times how she “just couldn’t understand it” because she’d NEVER been able to get peppers to prosper in her garden.

Here’s a little secret- In a mister bottle dissolve 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts in about 3 cups of warm water.
Spray your pepper plants liberally. This vitamin mist will give your pepper plants a boost of magnesium which is necessary during flowering to produce fruit.


Wait 10 days and then spray them again, liberally. Within a few weeks, you’ll have more peppers than you can shake a stick at!

We do this with all of our pepper plants, jalapenos, bell peppers, etc.

Happy Gardening!

The Science Behind It

Epsom salt is hydrated Magnesium sulfate.  By using Epsom salts, you’re adding Magnesium and Sulphur macronutrients to the garden, which are two of the six essential macro-nutrients needed for plants to grow well.

Magnesium increases water retention, allowing for a better intake of nutrients. This water-soluble form of Magnesium helps with photosynthesis, helps with chlorophyll and glucose production. The sulfur helps with root growth, helps plants manage the cold and the production of enzymes. The sulfur also helps considerably with greatly enhancing the flavor of the peppers.


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37 thoughts on “Boosting Pepper Production”

  1. i will try this, this year because i have to can salsa, lots of salsa. can’t wait to see the results. thank you so much for posting!!!

  2. i too will try this, but i need lots of help with my cucumbers and tomatoes. they are doing horrible this year. i have never had such a hard time getting cukes and tomatoes to grow.

    • I too will try this, but I need lots of help with my cucumbers and tomatoes. They are doing horrible this year. I have never had such a hard time getting cukes and tomatoes to grow.

      Crushed egg shells placed around the tomato plant provides calcium which they love. Organic fertilizer is also helpful and don’t over water.

  3. wow! my pepper production this year was so bad. my bell peppers would bloom then the blooms would fall off.

    look forward to trying this in the spring.

  4. sounds good. will keep that in mind. not sure if i’ll try to grow peppers this year, but if i do, i will have a happy hubby!!

    anything to help the budget and teach the kids good habits, too!! if this works on pepper plants, will it work on other veggie plants?

  5. very interesting. i’ve never heard of that. this year when i plant peppers i will have to try this trick so i can grow more peppers than have to buy them.

  6. when you first plant your pepper seedlings pinch out the tips of the branches. it will cause the plants to form 2 branches at each tip & especially for peppers… the more branches the more blooms.:bee:

    • Do you spray the plant before, during or after it blooms? Do you only spray them two times or every ten days?

      You spray them before and do NOT spray the blooms. 🙂

  7. epsom salt is great for the garden..i use it on my tomato plants..peppers,cucumbers,corn,beans and it’s great for the roses and shrubs.

  8. this is cool! i will try it today! i knew that epsom salts was good for tomatoes but wasn’t sure about other items. thanks for sharing.

  9. i’m new to gardening and planted my first pepper plant a month or so ago. i noticed little green buds on them over the weekend. is it too late to spray it?

    thanks for your help!

  10. my pepper plants turned yellow and the leaves curled. 30 red bells. I put a ring of epson salts around the base and they are thriving.

    I add a little every week. Haven’t tried the spray.

  11. i also heard that sprinkling some epsom salt at the bottom of your plants before watering them is very beneficial to them, is this true? last year was my very first garden and all of my tomatoes, bell-peppers, jalapenos & tomatillos had this ugly yuck on the end where the flower was.. i was told by the garden center that this is called enz-rot which basically is a malnourished plant and that the soil did not have enough nutrients in it..

    they told me when i start my next garden, to replace half the soil in my raised beds with a new mixture of top-soil and manure and to sprinkle epsom salt around the bottom of my plants.. i am also using the manure tea method this time.. poking holes in a 5-gal bucket and burying it halfway in the middle of 4X4 raised bed..

    add 1 shovel full of manure and add water making sure it is well stirred.. planting my garden around these buckets..adding a fertilizer (3-2-1) at least once per month.. Being so new to gardening I am hoping this works..

    any advice would be most welcome.. We are also using netting this year as the hail storms last year shredded all my zucchini and rhubarb plants..

  12. interesting topic, our garden is so slow this year here in the north country. i am going to try the epsom salts on some of my plants. thanks for the info.


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