How to Pinch Pepper Plants

Overview

Walk into most home vegetable gardens and you will notice pepper plants. Pepper plants are one of the easiest garden vegetables to grow; however, there are certain tricks you can use to make them thrive. Pinching pepper plants, or removing certain stems and blossoms on the pepper plant, encourages new growth and larger blossoms which lead to a larger yield per plant. Follow a few simple guidelines to properly pinch pepper plants.

Step 1

Pinch off a few stems all the way around the plant every few weeks to encourage your pepper plant to become more bushy. Grasp the stem, twist and pull to remove. Shoots will appear from the old leaf joints. More shoots will lead to more blossoms.

Step 2

Repeat the above process every few weeks throughout the growing season.

Step 3

Pinch off the early blooms of your pepper plant. Grasp the flower at its base and pull to remove. This will encourage more numerous and larger blooms to form later in the growing season. Remove blooms that appear right after transplanting your pepper plant. Pepper plants may be shocked into blooming after transplanting, but these blooms will not lead to decent fruit.

Step 4

Remove only the early blooms, then stop pinching the plant. Blooms that form later on will produce high-quality fruit. Removing these will reduce your yield.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pinching off blooms too frequently will disrupt the growing cycle of the pepper plant. This will lead to a significantly reduced crop yield.

References

  • Gardening Tips: Pinching Peppers
  • BB's Random Stuff: Hot Pepper Cultivation
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About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.