I don't prune either peppers or tomatoes - it's possible I'd
get more fruit if I did: since I don't do it, I have no
basis for comparison. But we seem to get plenty of each (if
they ever ripen this year, that is). Usually we get plenty
Home-grown seedlings always look healthier to me. I think
maybe you just weren't used to healthy, stocky, bushy young
Thanks for the reply, that makes us feel good. We just came in from
harvesting and the peppers plants are looking fantastic but not a ton of
fruit, I am not sure it has been hot enough here (WV) this year for them
to really get crankin'. The tomatoes however are going off like
gangbusters. We just moved here and this is the first year for this
ground so they are a bit small but still very very healthy and producing
lots of fruit. Like I said, I was moreso concerned with the peppers but
it could just be the weather.
Pat Meadows wrote:
I'm in the Eastern Panhandle of WV Mark and quite frankly the weather
doesn't seem to be helping my peppers along much either. I got mine in the
ground somewhat late I would say, I believe it was June 1st. A friend of
mine closer to the VA line had her's in the ground much earlier and they are
stunted. Mine are far taller than her's already but no peppers of any kind
yet. I have a mix of Bells and Hots. The hots have turned into almost a
stubby bush, the others having broader leaves giving them a different look.
But no peppers yet.
As to pruning I personally do not. I could see how some might for the sake
of controlling thier plants, particularly tomatoes. I am not speaking from
practise, but personally I'm not sure the logic holds up on the idea of
pruning allows more energy for fruit. While having less leaves could mean
more of the plants focus goes to the fruit, it could also mean the plant is
spending some of its energy on regrowing new leaves past a point where it
normally would. Also when we speak of the plant's energies it would seem to
me since that energy comes from the sun, and is taken in through the leaves,
the plant would have more energy to spend if its able to take in more energy
at once, i.e. more foilage. This is just me speculating, others with more
experience can always give more input, and you can decide for yourself which
is best. My own take is that nature knows what it is doing, and it's best to
allow the plant to follow whatever course has been instilled in it...
Eastern Panhandle WV
On Mon, 04 Aug 2003 12:20:19 GMT, "Mike Stevenson"
I don't always agree (think of pruning fruit trees), but in
the case of tomatoes, I've always thought that caging them
is much easier than pruning and tieing. If it results in a
bit less fruit - although I'm not sure of this - the ease
and convenience of not-pruning has always seemed worth it to
BUT: next year, I'll probably be growing them in a
hoophouse and space will be at a premium, so I'll prune them
and grow them up strings or nets, or something vertical.
Hi Mike, I'm in Frederick Co. MD and we haven't started getting peppers here
yet. This warm weather season has been too late and inconsistent to allow
them to fruit. But let's not get discouraged. There still remain the dog
days of summer.
Just lop off excessive suckers on the 'maters. I have an unusual
garden (mostly vertical in my 280 sq ft of raised boxes) and permit 3-4 stal
ks per vine. Others allow 2-3.
I might recommend you give Mortgage Lifter a try next year. I am f
inding that they are an almost solid beefsteak ... never seen anything den
ser in my life (except for some of my co-workers and all of management)
. Very small seeds, very small seed cavities, huge tomatoes on thick
vines. Prolific ... I have several clusters of 6 or more tomatoes and L
OTS of 'lone wolves'.
Zone 5b (Detroit, MI)
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