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Post  jimmy cee on 7/14/2016, 12:04 pm

I bit the bullet last week and took tops off all my pepper plants.
Growing now on the nice side...lots of vibrant shoots coming up..





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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/14/2016, 10:54 pm

Jimmy, why?  What happened?
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/14/2016, 11:29 pm

The hornworms pruned my peppers, but I'm not getting any side action -- or any other kind for that matter.  Sad
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/15/2016, 12:35 pm

You will. I had something eat the tops off mine one year and they came back after a while.

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Post  MrBooker on 7/15/2016, 2:49 pm

jimmy cee wrote:I bit the bullet last week and took tops off all my pepper plants.
Growing now on the nice side...lots of vibrant shoots coming up..



Jimmy. That will be the best bullet you ever bit. This spring, I watched a youtube video on topping peppers. I tried it on only one of my peppers. It will stun them for awhile but when they catch up.. THEY CATCH UP. Here are some pics of my 2 1/2 foot tall plant which has 15 nice size peppers.



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Post  sanderson on 7/15/2016, 7:13 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:Jimmy, why?  What happened?
It's common to pinch of the tops of pepper plants to get bushier and more productive plants.

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Post  MrBooker on 7/15/2016, 8:18 pm

sanderson wrote:
Scorpio Rising wrote:Jimmy, why?  What happened?
It's common to pinch of the tops of pepper plants to get bushier and more productive plants.
I didnt just pinch off the top. I only left the 6 bottom leaves. I almost cut the plant in half. Ive never had a pepper plant produce like this one.
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Post  yolos on 7/15/2016, 9:17 pm

MrBooker wrote:
sanderson wrote:
Scorpio Rising wrote:Jimmy, why?  What happened?
It's common to pinch of the tops of pepper plants to get bushier and more productive plants.
I didnt just pinch off the top. I only left the 6 bottom leaves. I almost cut the plant in half. Ive never had a pepper plant produce like this one.
I pinched half my peppers and kept the other unpinched as an experiment.  The unpinched ones produced first but only one pepper so far.  The pinched ones eventually produced many peppers and are much sturdier, hardier and productive.
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Post  jimmy cee on 7/15/2016, 10:00 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:Jimmy, why?  What happened?
Past pepper plants have grown niicely, however, rather tall with fewer peppers that I expected.
After reading about how to trim these I decided to go all out for a bumper crop.
I imagine they will mature nicely if our fall weather stays as in past year.
In any event, it's an experience I like, although I probably should have done it earlier.I have another batch of tea going for them, should be ready tomorrow.
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Post  landarch on 7/16/2016, 9:38 pm

My pinched peppers have about 3-4 large peppers per plant...however, this year instead of blocky, thick-walled fruits, I have contorted, thin-walls.  Hopefully the second round of picking will be prime.
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Post  jimmy cee on 7/18/2016, 10:51 pm

landarch wrote:My pinched peppers have about 3-4 large peppers per plant...however, this year instead of blocky, thick-walled fruits, I have contorted, thin-walls.  Hopefully the second round of picking will be prime.
 I bet there is a time element when this pruning back of pepper plants should be done. Mine are developing lots of new growth, however I see no flowers yet.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/19/2016, 1:08 pm

jimmy cee wrote:
 I bet there is a time element when this pruning back of pepper plants should be done. Mine are developing lots of new growth, however I see no flowers yet.

I pruned all mine, Bananas & Pepperoncini, when they were still in the house as starts. But I have no flower buds yet on the ones in the SFG. They are always slow to develop out there in the 'wind tunnel'. The Banana in the pot of straight compost on the patio has about 20 small fruits already.
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Post  jimmy cee on 8/13/2016, 7:47 am

Pepper plants this morning.... remember these were only six leaves from the soil about 6 weeks ago
















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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/13/2016, 8:05 am

Wow...... And compost tea, I'm assuming?
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Post  MrBooker on 8/13/2016, 8:55 am

jimmy cee wrote:Pepper plants this morning.... remember these were only six leaves from the soil about 6 weeks ago

















  I only pruned 2 of my peppers for an experiment and they did MUCH better than the rest. I'll prune all of them next year.
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Post  MrBooker on 8/13/2016, 9:07 am

jimmy cee wrote:Pepper plants this morning.... remember these were only six leaves from the soil about 6 weeks ago






Jimmy. It looks like you have most of your peppers in one bed. I sure wish I had done that. I had some of this and some of that in my beds because I got in a hurry this spring.
BUT... we learn as we go.

I'm planting my fall/winter crop now and trying to plan it out better.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/13/2016, 9:51 am

Nice peppers, Jimmy!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/13/2016, 10:11 am

Beautiful plants, guys! My peppers never get bushy like that even though I pinch them back. They're sort of spindly looking with not as many leaves. The peppers in the SFG still don't have any fruits on them. I've been harvesting from the pepper in the pot on the back porch already.

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Post  countrynaturals on 8/13/2016, 10:30 am

CapeCoddess wrote:Beautiful plants, guys! My peppers never get bushy like that even though I pinch them back. They're sort of spindly looking with not as many leaves. The peppers in the SFG still don't have any fruits on them. I've been harvesting from the pepper in the pot on the back porch already.

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Same here, except that I'm getting some tiny, deformed peppers. I'm waiting for the weather to cool down a little, to see if they come back and produce any more. bounce
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Post  jimmy cee on 8/13/2016, 10:47 am

countrynaturals wrote:
CapeCoddess wrote:Beautiful plants, guys! My peppers never get bushy like that even though I pinch them back. They're sort of spindly looking with not as many leaves. The peppers in the SFG still don't have any fruits on them. I've been harvesting from the pepper in the pot on the back porch already.

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Same here, except that I'm getting some tiny, deformed peppers. I'm waiting for the weather to cool down a little, to see if they come back and produce any more. bounce
Peppers thrive in hot weather. Just need to make sure their fed and watered well
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Post  jimmy cee on 8/13/2016, 10:50 am

MrBooker wrote:
jimmy cee wrote:Pepper plants this morning.... remember these were only six leaves from the soil about 6 weeks ago






Jimmy. It looks like you have most of your peppers in one bed. I sure wish I had done that. I had some of this and some of that in my beds because I got in a hurry this spring.
BUT... we learn as we go.

I'm planting my fall/winter crop now and trying to plan it out better.
I was told years ago by the fella who runs the feed and supply shop here in town..."peppers love to be touching each other"..mine are doing much more than touching, their cover is keeping the ground cooler than air.
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Post  jimmy cee on 8/13/2016, 10:54 am

AtlantaMarie wrote:Wow......  And compost tea, I'm assuming?
Yes about twice a week. I just did a 5 gallon bucket out of a spray can above and let it drip down,,must do that when sun isn't around. Bacteria and fungi take up residence so no other bad stuff can get aboard.
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Post  walshevak on 8/14/2016, 5:38 am

jimmy cee wrote:
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Jimmy. It looks like you have most of your peppers in one bed. I sure wish I had done that. I had some of this and some of that in my beds because I got in a hurry this spring.
BUT... we learn as we go.

I'm planting my fall/winter crop now and trying to plan it out better.
I was told years ago by the fella who runs the feed and supply shop here in town..."peppers love to be touching each other"..mine are doing much more than touching, their cover is keeping the ground cooler than air.
I have heard that as well and even though my plants are in buckets, I place the buckets close together for that reason.  And I always pinch the top out of my transplants, just a few tiny leaves.  Then later I'll pinch the side growth one time. Something my daddy taught me 65 years ago.

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Post  jimmy cee on 8/17/2016, 10:42 pm

Visits from happy fungi below sending up their flowers to thank me for everything I do for them.
This really pleases me, tells me all is good with the world down below my pepper plants.







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Post  sanderson on 8/19/2016, 2:34 am

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