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Post  Chopper on 4/29/2012, 10:58 pm

I planted some peppers outside today - seeds. I have a note from last year to try 2 per square instead of 1. Anyone else ever do this? I also went hog wild and planted two eggplants in a square.

Just wondering if this is just wishful thinking. I thought maybe they would help each other stand up although I did put a pole next to where I planted with one. Finally learned not to wait until their roots have spread out and risk injuring them.

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Post  walshevak on 4/29/2012, 11:13 pm

I had three eggplant seedlings and only 2 squares left, but I spaced them out anyway. There was a missplanting and there is also spinach coming up in those squares. Left it. Spinach won't last when the real heat gets here. We shall see.

I had lettuce just getting big enough to start cutting and needed the space for my tomatos (it was the trellis side) I moved some of the lettuce to a pot and left the rest under the tomatos. They both seem to be growing ok for now. I expect the lettuce to bolt when really hot weather hits and the tomatos can take over.

My son planted 2 peppers in a 5 gal bucket last year. Got big enough and had peppers right up until almost the end of the year, but the plants one to a bucket did better.

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Post  Chopper on 4/29/2012, 11:27 pm

Interesting. If I had more room I could experiment and do two sqares - one with one and one with two. Oh well. Time will tell.

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Post  marietta mike on 4/30/2012, 4:39 am

Mels book shows 2 peppers to a square, other conventional planting tell to space them farther apart. Ran it past the wife when i planted she said the Mel's mix changes the rule. More of what they need in a smaller space allows for the 2 peppers so close together.

2 in a square should fly!

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Post  elliephant on 4/30/2012, 10:40 am

I've always done 1 pepper to a square, but I tried 2 to a square in a couple of cases and they seem ok. Eggplant, on the other hand, I would worry about. Mine are flowering right now and are HUGE.

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Post  GWN on 4/30/2012, 11:54 am

I wonder about splitting the difference if you have a few squares in a row and say taking 4 squares and planting 6 peppers..... evenly

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Post  Lindacol on 4/30/2012, 12:22 pm

In my nee raised beds I have some odd size sections and have planted peppers in half squares this year so I will see. Right now they are next to onions & carrots that will probably be done by june when the peppers will just be going good, hopefully.

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Post  Roseinarosecity on 4/30/2012, 1:23 pm

My sweet peppers are spaced one per square, plus I added a makeshift wire support where I will be adding bamboo sticks to help support the plant. Hot peppers also need a little support, especially when there lots of little peppers hanging. Mel's mix is soft; I had leaning pepper plants last year, so I want to avoid tipping over pepper plants. This year for the first time ever I also planted deeper than they were in the starter container.

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Post  stripesmom on 4/30/2012, 4:21 pm

Last year, I planted one per square and will again this year. They got so huge, I'd say they were 4 feet tall. When I pulled the roots, it seemed like there may have been room for two per square, but I'd also want to add more compost if I did that. I didn't stake them and regretted that, as they fell over. So, I put tomato cages on them, upside down and tied the cages to the pvc pipe that was over them.

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Post  camprn on 4/30/2012, 7:05 pm

I plant mostly poblano peppers, one per square. I pinch the growing end when they are about a foot tall and then they really bush out. I also stake each plant.

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Post  elliephant on 4/30/2012, 7:18 pm

@camprn wrote:I plant mostly poblano peppers, one per square. I pinch the growing end when they are about a foot tall and then they really bush out. I also stake each plant.

Some of my peppers got the tops knocked off in the hailstorm and they are quite bushy, so I think you're on to something here!

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Post  Chopper on 4/30/2012, 7:21 pm

Aha. Apparently I have had small pepper plants. Last year was the first actual decent pepper I ever even got. I think if these turn out well, I may be in trouble.

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Post  subsonic on 4/30/2012, 10:04 pm

I get about 1 and a 1/4 per square
between every 2 rows I plant a extra one every 4 plants just to squeeze them in and they do fine. I do not stake my peppers but I do pinch certain types so they will bush
I usually have 8 or 9 different types with Bell and pablano peppers having 6 or 7 plnts of each type.

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Post  Roseinarosecity on 5/1/2012, 6:07 pm

This discussion is great! I have never read anything about pinching back peppers. What about the flowers? I already had flowers but removed them because the plants were too small to support a bell pepper. Subsonic, do you remove flowers?

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