My scotch bonnet peppers are pale green with minimal fruit. Can ammonium sulfate help? | AdvanSix Ammonium Sulfate

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My scotch bonnet peppers are pale green with minimal fruit. Can ammonium sulfate help?
A light green color and low pepper fructification may be due to a variety of reasons, including:
  • Temperatures that are either too high or too low
  • Drought or excessive water
  • Population density that is too high
  • Lack of light
  • Viral infection
  • Too much nitrogen
Vegetables are often grown in sandy soils, which are typically low in nitrogen and sulfur. For this reason, ammonium sulfate is often included in the base fertilization. Applying nitrogen as urea without paying attention to sulfur may exacerbate deficiency symptoms. A tissue analysis would allow you to confirm whether or not you are dealing with nutritional imbalances.

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