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Old March 8, 2006   #1
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I've heard that if you don't water your pepper plants enough during the summer, they will produce an even hotter pepper. Is there any kind of truth to this statement? I bought some pepperoncini seeds 2 years ago. The first year I must have done something drastically wrong because nothing came up for me. Last year I got them to grow, but my husband said they were extremely hotter than he thought they should be.

I even gave some to a next door neighbor and her dad tried to give them back to us (not knowing we gave them to them). He said they are the hottest things they'd ever had.

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Old March 10, 2006   #2
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Many sources confirm that the peppers get hotter, if the plants grow in dry location or are not watered a lot. Our garden soil is very sandy and does not hold moisture well. Last summer my garden grown peppers were hotter than the ones grown in containers.
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