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ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

Hello all,

I have some chillies that I grew from seed this year. They're Cayennes. I notice that they're now producing their first flowers, and I believe that these should be cut out to encourage more fruiting. Is that correct? 

Also, there are shoots forming above the leaves on the main stem. Should I cut these out, as I would with a tomato for example, or is branching something that should be encouraged?

Thank you!


  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,110

    I must admit that I never bother to prune Chillies............I have grown Cayenne successfully without interference..........provided we get a good summer, you shouldn't have any problem with harvesting plenty of fruit.

    If the plants get too big and the summer is a bit of a washout, you could prune excess branchlets to ensure a crop.

  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314
    Thanks. I'll just see how they do then!
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