Paprika in zone 8? Spill the beans!

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    Dirtmechanic In Flower

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    I would LOVE fresh paprika. What is the story in the southern transition zone USA? USDA zone 8a. It was 106f in my truck yesterday yet we can go down to 10f in the winter but- its rare. Clay- so raised hillrow or beds at a minimum. Core soil is 5pH, top layer 5.5pH. So I lime up.
     
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    Plant any peppers about mid March to early April ! As long as you can supply water they do fine with temps at lower 90`s ! Any hotter and they slow down to almost nothing ! I have never done a soil test or checked the PH ! Just watch the plants,, they will tell you what they need ! Although most sandy soils will benefit from an occasional application of lime !
     
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    Well I will not expect much! IMG_20190813_153647_resize_72.jpg
     
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    Unless your garden is inside your truck, that temp means nothing as far as garden growing conditions are concerned in your yard. Temp might be higher in the actual garden in the sun than it is in the shade...those are the temps you need to be watching.
     



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    I have a thermometer in the garden. When it is that hot you would not see me out there! Well maybe only to turn on the water for a while. I have been watering everything like crazy to just get past this heat! If the summer solstice is June 21, why is it always so hot in mid August?
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Because the Summer Solstice is just the beginning of summer for us in the southern US not the hottest day of summer. In far northern climates it is the hottest and temps start getting cooler from there, but you and I do not live in that part of the northern hemisphere so we still have some very hot days to contend with until the Autumnal Equinox and even then the heat can continue until the Winter Solstice and beyond.
    I have often dreamed up living further north where they actually have a time when summer comes to an end.
     
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    @toni....did you try your hand at tomatoes again this year?
     

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