Topping pepper plants is a topic of much debate, with some growers saying it’s a fantastic way to boost production, and others saying it’s not necessary at all. So, who’s right? As with most things in gardening, IT DEPENDS!
Pruning peppers removes top growth to promote more branching and bushiness. By doing this, you sacrifice your earliest peppers in favor of growing more vegetation and a sturdier plant, which can then lend itself to more flower and pepper production later on down the road.
I prefer to top lanky plants to bush them out myself, especially if I’m still early in the season with plenty of time to let those peppers produce. On larger peppers like bells or banana peppers, I let them be – it doesn’t seem to do much besides slow down production.
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