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Post  landarch on 5/27/2014, 8:16 pm

A few weeks ago I pinched my pepper plants back to two sets of leaves...here's what they look like today...not bad.





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Post  jimmy cee on 5/27/2014, 10:05 pm

I planted 1 cayanetta pepper today, it survived to cold onslaught of a few weeks ago.
I have 1 other in my cold frame thats ok, this one did very well after I up planted it.
Now it's sitting in a 10 gallon decorative container, on my deck and surrounded by a wire cage.
I will be fixing up some more extensive protection soon.
My question ??/should I ???    (trim it down)
here's a pic from last years plant, a gorgeous hot pepper that I could sit and look at for hours.
The peppers arent hot hot, mildly hot, can be tasted with confidence.

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Post  sanderson on 5/28/2014, 2:48 am

I'll tag along with Jimmy's question. I over-wintered potted peppers in the greenhouse and cut to 4 leaves. Really beefed up their appearance this summer. What do I do this winter? Cut the new branches back to 3-4 leaf nodes? How many years can this continue?

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Post  Goosegirl on 5/28/2014, 4:10 am

@sanderson wrote:I'll tag along with Jimmy's question.  I over-wintered potted peppers in the greenhouse and cut to 4 leaves.  Really beefed up their appearance this summer.  What do I do this winter?  Cut the new branches back to 3-4 leaf nodes?  How many years can this continue?  

Sounds like the makings of an experiment!

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Post  camprn on 5/28/2014, 6:54 am

Yes prune it back .

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/28/2014, 10:30 am

ok I'm willing, however I can be heavy handed when it comes to this.
Can you lead me on please ?

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Post  shegardens on 5/28/2014, 10:32 am

me too, I'm afraid to pinch!  They are so little still and it's cold here in NJ again!

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Post  boffer on 5/28/2014, 10:42 am

I know which point I would cut at, but I'll let someone who's done it before give the definitive answer.



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Post  walshevak on 5/28/2014, 10:43 am

@jimmy cee wrote:ok I'm willing, however I can be heavy handed when it comes to this.
Can you lead me on please ?
I'm chicken and only pinch out the tiniest bit at the very top of that 5 or 6 leaf cluster when the peppers are this small.  But it seems to work.  My peppers have bushed out pretty well.  I've been know to later also pinch out the tips of the side branches that develop making a really bushy plant.

I would also cut off the ground level leaves soon to prevent soil borne diseases.

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Post  landarch on 5/28/2014, 11:54 am

I was fairly aggressive and pinched off all but two sets of leaves at the bottom of the plant...these are sweet peppers.  My hot pepper plants produce so profusely that I didn't bother pinching those seedlings.

A few years back a rabbit ate the tops of all my pepper plants and I freaked out...but they came back bushier than ever...but I've always been chicken to pinch myself to see what happens.

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Post  sanderson on 5/28/2014, 2:36 pm

Okay, I'll bite. I would pinch at the top arrow. Can't wait to read the answer this evening.

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Post  camprn on 5/28/2014, 2:46 pm

Top arrow is the correct location!

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Post  Pappy Slip on 5/28/2014, 2:50 pm

That's called suckering!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/17/2016, 10:27 am

I plan on doing this same thing to my marigold plants today. Same spot. They need to bush out more and are a bit leggy. Thanks, archives! LOL

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Post  hammock gal on 4/17/2016, 10:54 am

Glad to see this thread. My pepper sprouts don't even have true leaves yet, but now I know what to do when they get to that point. That's a beautiful pepper plant, Jimmy Cee!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/17/2016, 8:14 pm

Interesting! Thanks, has55, I would never have been that aggressive but will try something with my peppers to get more production and a healthier plant! Marigolds got a modest central leader pinch today. Peppers not quite ready, maybe next weekend?

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/17/2016, 10:10 pm

@sanderson wrote:I'll tag along with Jimmy's question.  I over-wintered potted peppers in the greenhouse and cut to 4 leaves.  Really beefed up their appearance this summer.  What do I do this winter?  Cut the new branches back to 3-4 leaf nodes?  How many years can this continue?  
Interesting! I got a cherry tomato plant to last 2 years by bringing it in over the winter. Never tried it with peppers, but I will this year. I never knew about trimming peppers and marigolds, either. This site is a wealther of info.  Very Happy

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