Hi all! I have some hungarian wax pepper plants growing but I am having some trouble with the buds and peppers dropping/falling off the plants. I have 7 plants, 2 of them have lost every bud they have produced and have never had a pepper make it and the others lose two to three times more than they produce. I cannot figure out why the peppers/flowers/buds keep dropping. I lose them most often a day or less after the flower drops but I have also been losing many before the the bud even opens. They are all a clean break right at the stem so it appears the plant is rejecting them rather than a bug or a disease affecting them. I have been self pollinating all the flowers that opened thinking that was the problem but even those peppers continue to drop.
There has been a lot of sun and relatively hot temperatures lately. I would say the temperatures have been ranging from mid to high 60s at night and a maximum of 90-93 degrees during the day but more often in the mid-80s. Is it possible the temperatures are too hot to be sustainable? The plants get direct sunlight about 6 hours a day. Any suggestions to keep my peppers from dying or any other things that could be causing this? I should have hundreds of peppers by now and between the 7 plants probably lose 8-10 buds a day. Instead I have approximately 20 peppers that haven't dropped and 14 of those come from 2 plants, the rest only have 1 or 2 each. the plants look healthy otherwise. They are tall, the leaves are nice and green, they are constantly producing new buds despite the fact that most of them never become peppers, and they are otherwise healthy. Maybe this is normal but I feel I am losing far more than I should as many of these bud, bloom, and then drop the flowers and have the little pepper nub that ultimately ends up dying when it could easily grow into a pepper!
thank you for the help!