How to Prune Peppers

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When pruning pepper plants, only prune one-third of each shoot, which will encourage a stronger vine, creating even higher-quality peppers. Maintain a pepper plant with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to prune peppers or how to prune a pepper plant. So you start your seeds in the spring and you have a nice, beautiful pepper plant and it produces wonderful peppers on it. And really, you don't have to prune it. It will still produce nice peppers. But by pruning it, you will force the remaining stems to get stronger, and then you'll even get better peppers. And the rule of thumb is to only prune back one-third of the size shoots away from your main stem. So by just going in and zig-zagging and cutting every third branch out, you will find that the main branch will get much stronger. And then the side branches that are remaining, because they're getting more energy, they will produce even more lush peppers for you and it's very simple to do. You can prune in the middle of summer as they're growing. And as you're trimming peppers out, you just prune it back and a lot of times, new growth will even come out and you might even get some more peppers out of your plant. So it's an easy thing to do, and you can always trim any really rogue branches or any parts of the pepper plant that's looking a little wild just to make it look a little neater, and you will find that then it will force that main branch and the side branches to get more energy, which will give you even nicer peppers.