[Market-farming] Peppers in High Tunnels

Robert Farr rbfarr at erols.com
Wed Feb 18 10:50:12 EST 2009

At season's end, you should pull or cut the blossoms of your plants - I 
often prune mine - to allow the fruit to mature.  You want you plants to 
put their energy into ripening the fruit, rather than setting new blossoms.

You should also stop fertilizing your plants once substantial fruit-set 
has occurred -

Robert Farr
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Bill Shoemaker wrote:

>I've observed the same thing on all kinds of peppers. I've not seen research that affirms it, but I believe that peppers just cannot support additional development of biomass once a certain weight of fruit is on the plant. They just abort blossoms. But if you pick some or all of the fruit off, the plant will start setting fruit again. It's good to keep the plants well picked. You'll have much better season totals.
>>If fruit is left on the plant and becomes fully red ripe is that a signal to 
>>the plant
>>to shut down, mine quit blooming after the reds showed up.? I had expected 
>>them to keep going like tomatoes.
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