Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Do I prune my pepper plants or not?

Posted by blinkmyster 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 24, 10 at 6:32

I have eight green bell pepper plants in my garden. They are really nice and big. Although there is some fruit on my plants I have seen other people's plants with lots more fruit than mine. Fortunately there is lots of blossoms on my plants, but my problem is this: I live in Penticton BC so the growing season might last until the middle of October if I am very lucky. My question is can I prune my pepper plants to encourage more growth in my peppers, and exactly how do I do this?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Do I prune my pepper plants or not?

Can't say I have ever heard of anyone pruning pepper plants. ;)

You still have plenty of time for peppers to develop and a low N dose fertilizer that is high in P and K is more likely to benefit them. I can't see pruning them to be of any benefit. JMO

Dave


 o
RE: Do I prune my pepper plants or not?

You still have a good 60 days of growing left meaning you can accumulate a lot of Growing Degree Days, more than enough for those blossoms to turn to fruit and the fruit to ripen.

Mike


 o
RE: Do I prune my pepper plants or not?

It is way too late to prune. You may prune in early JUNE but you will be sorry if you do it now.

For your area you can only take off flowers as you transplant. Now if far too late. If you have a flower then pruning will not help that flower.

You are so far north that you must do very little to no pruning. You have too short a grow season.

What you want to avoid by pruning is the development of a pepper on the plant before it is even transplanted into the garden and has a chance for the roots to grow. Because in this case you might never see another flower on the plant. but you have more flowers so you are all set.

DO NOT PRUNE NOW.


 o
RE: Do I prune my pepper plants or not?

blinkmyster,
I am also in zone 5 and have a similar growing season.
I don't think pruning is a good idea. Late pruning does work for tomatoes (getting those fruits you already have to ripen instead of putting out more new fruit), but I have not found it makes a difference for peppers. Cutting off the new flowers or unripened fruit does not make the already existing fruit ripen fast enough to make a difference. I guess it's because peppers ripen much more slowly than tomatoes.
The flowers you have now will produce peppers, they just will not get to the red, ripened stage before frost. But green peppers are not a bad thing.
I suggest you do not prune the new fruits, but let them get as large as possible and pick them as green peppers when frost threatens.


 o
RE: Do I prune my pepper plants or not?

Fortunately, peppers are edible at any stage, so however ripe they are at first frost, you can eat them and they will taste wonderful.

I'm in zone 5 and grow my peppers in pots so I can bring them inside and over-winter them. They are perennials.

One plant of each variety that I grow comes into the house and under grow lights to keep maturing. The plants usually keep producing new peppers as long as they get enough hours of daylight


 o
RE: Do I prune my pepper plants or not?

Can't add much to the great answers already replied. But one somewhat insignificant fact to add from my personal experience is by harvesting existing bell pepper fruits when they're large enough and stop growing in size, more flowers and new fruits seem to develop. So instead of pruning, I try to harvest to encourage new fruit set. Since I've only grown peppers for a few years, I'm not sure if this is true for most people. Maybe others can share their experience in this regards.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here