My peppers are slowly starting to grow, mostly building thicker stems. The
weather has been quite cool here in SoCal. Anyway, the one big one has
grown about 3 inches. I bought it at about 12 inches. So now the are about
20 tiny little peppers growing on it! They are kind of cute. I know I
asked this before but do I let these grow and the plant will risk being
stunted or do I remove them now and let the plant build up in size to later
produce more peppers?
Give a beginner a break, I've only raised tomatoes before. You had the same
question once. If you can't do that killfile me. The answer as to leave
them on, however that flies in the face of other literature. So I ask
again. If it's so obvious, why the difference of opinion?
Peppers or tomatoes?
Peppers are best if fully ripe (more sweetness, more favor). A ripening
pepper will suppress further pepper production. You can pick them off
when immature and have many, or leave them and have the best.
While ripening indeterminate tomatoes will, undoubted, slow down the
growth of a tomato plant, compared to most of us, you have a very long
growing season in southern California. You may want to pinch back the
growing stem in the bifurcation of the tomato vine (after it is 4' tall
or so) so that more energy goes into ripening tomatoes. If you have
determinate tomatoes, picking off the flowers may not be a bad idea,
allowing a larger plant to set flowers.
"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being
My tomatoes are showing yellow buds already so I can certainly use the
advice for them. I am told I have determinate varieties. I know we can grow
tomatoes into October and even longer what with the fact that we don't see
winter but for 2 weeks in January now. Last year we had steady 80F weather
all through December.
Leave them, it will be probably fine. If the overcrowding gets to the point
where the bush looks like falling over or there is no room in the cluster
thin them then. The thinnings will be edible.
Simple green bell. I counted about 19 baby peppers. I put them on a high
phosphorous fertilizer and I'll pick up some bone meal this weekend. Many
sites said to avoid this type of seedling as they say they will never
recover from early fruiting. So I am just confused.
First, welcome to gardening. Now relax, don't worry, and enjoy the
the learning from your mistakes and successes! We all started as
we all had disasters and crop failures and good things to eat too.
Do you have more than one pepper plant? If so, why grow them all the
way. Try half by thinning the fruits, try the other half by leaving
all the fruit.
You can have many smaller ones and some monsters too. Experiment.
Believe it or not, some of us learned to garden without internet
groups, or even books. Just remember all advice does not fit all parts
country. Most advice is given for the eastern parts of the US and
not apply to SoCal, or even NorCal. So don't be afraid to just try it
way; if some plants die just get some new ones and try again, since
you do have
a long growing season.
Now have fun
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