Peppers & Eggplant

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at
Fri Apr 12 11:41:24 EDT 2002

I agree with Bob on this. While there is a practice of suckering peppers in
greenhouse production sometimes, I wouldn't do it in the field, even if you
stake them, for the same resons Bob mentions. When staking peppers, it isn't
quite the same as staking tomatoes because the plant grows differently.
Generally the staking system creates a fence around the outside of the
peppers using stakes and twine, which the plants then grow into. The staking
system then holds the plants up as they grow taller. The plants are not
individually tied up like tomatoes sometimes are.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

>Don't sucker pepper plants, they are perfectly able to produce extra large
fruit without suckering if you choose the right variety and space them at
two feet appart in the row, pepper plants need all the leaf cover they can
get to prevent sunscald which does more damage to peppers than insects and
disease combined... Bob.
>>Sounds like we just might be staking peppers this year.
>>Has anyone tried suckering peppers (like tomatoes)? Does it help or hurt?
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