Lyn Posts: 21,340
in Fruit & veg
Does anyone pinch out the tips from top and side shoots of the pepper plant. Last year I had beautiful huge peppers but only about 4 on each plant. Would pinching encourage more.
Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor.
Just leave mine to get on with it-they seem to be naturally self -branching-like everything last year put it down to the lack or warmth and sunshine so slow in getting going -then cropped and that was it
This year of course will be fantastic
I don't pitch mine either. I tried pinching them few years ago as an experiment. It did not help since the plants need to produce a certain number leaves before forming a flower.
Hi Lyn, no, but I do hand-pollinate all flowers. Another thing which helps with peppers & chillis is to re-pot them several times as they grow. Start them in small 3" pots and re-pot into 5" then 7", then 10" as the roots reach the sides of each size. Planting them directly from 3" to 10" pots (or into growbags or greenhouse borders) seems to temporarily stunt their growth somewhat. The best crops I ever had were when I started them early (end of Feb) and kept them above 20C at all times, but that was an expensive thing to do (I kept the conservatory heated with a temperature controlled fan heater) and isn't something I will ever consider again, given the cost of energy now.
I will try pollinating them. Thank you.
Good luck, Lyn - all we can hope for is a decent amount of sunshine this year - they definitely need that (but don't we all!)