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Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Blossom Drop

Pepper flowers or small fruit may abort and fall off due to stressful growing conditions including: high relative humidity, excessive wind, improper nutrition, disease or insect damage or dry conditions.  Peppers are most sensitive to flower or fruit drop at daytime temperatures above 30- 32°C (86- 90°F) or below 15°C (59°C) or night time temperatures above 21°C (70°F).  Some varieties are more prone to this problem than others.

Some blossom drop is normal as the plant often sets more flowers than it could support as fruit.

Blossom drop (tomato) Click to enlarge.