Should I let pepper plants flower yet?

simplyoranges(9b)May 4, 2012

My pepper plants are about 6-7 weeks old and they are only about 5-6" tall. For the last week or so they have started to grow 4 or 5 buds in the middle of the plant. I was just wondering if they are mature enough to produce fruit yet. They are pretty wide with nice big leaves and they are sturdy in the wind. I have them growing in a little raised bed I built with a few cubic feet of soil/compost. I gave them compost tea (with fish emulsion) a couple times and that has really seemed to help them produce nice large leaves, but they have yet to get much taller.

And just another quick unrelated question while I'm making this post. I am growing some beefsteak variety tomatoes that are about a couple feet tall now and have began to flower. A few of the flowers have been pollinated and have closed up. About when can I expect to see a tomato forming?

Thanks a bunch.

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I have never removed blooms from small plants of any kind. I have heard that straw berries should no bloom after transplanting for 3 months or so.
I have pepper plants that were plant 4 inches deep & are only 8 inches high & have very small fruit on them.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 6:49PM
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Peppers will ever-bear rather well without slowing down too much. You can pull a "ripe" pepper once the color starts to show and it will ripen fully on it's own.

I only remove flowers/peppers that hang so low the pods would drag the ground once they formed. It's not necessary to do that, but it's something I do.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 7:08PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Let them alone! Let them grow! LOL Nancy

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:21PM
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I do agree with them. I never pluck or remove any flowers in my peppers. Better let the nature do it's course.


    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 11:15AM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

As for the tomatoes, you should probably be able to feel the tomato already forming...just lightly squeeze the base of the blossom.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 11:35AM
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I don't know if you're supposed to or not, but I had one that did that and I messed with it and the petals slid right off. I peeked inside it and there's a teeny little tomato already forming.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 7:21PM
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luke_oh(zone 5 NE Ohio)

I pinch the first blossoms on the top of my peppers. I think that this promotes more blossoms overall.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 8:33PM
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Why not have some fun and do a little experiment this year?

Pinch the buds off of one of them and compare to the non-pinched plants. Keep records of total peppers produced and quality and size. Heck, some folks go so far as to cut the tops off their young pepper plants in hopes of promoting "better" pepper plants.

I like to do this with one of my tomato plants every year to see if I can get a big mater. I have limited success, but it's kinda fun.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 9:20AM
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Basically pepper plants have not been over-bred like grapes have been, they typically do not overset or set too early for the plant to handle, and in the off-times they do they just abort the fruit.

Pepper plants know what they're doing and won't over-exert themselves. They're safe to leave to their own devices.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 10:22AM
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