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In northern Pa we start the toward the end of February. Then we water them with the Epsom salt mixture and continue this after we plant.
 

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justshoot said:
Why Epsom Salt? And how much?
It appears they like the magnesium in it. Last year at transplant I put 4 match sticks head down in the ground around each plant (for sulpher) and applied epsom salt disolved in water several times during the growing season. I can't attest that strategy was 100% responsible, but I got by far the most, biggest, and fleshiest peppers I ever grew in my life.
 

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Use one tablespoon of Epsom salts to one gallon of water. You will see a larger harvest of peppers. The East Coast is low on magnesium and the Epsom Salts will provide that.
 
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