what next on heavily cut back bell pepper (noob)

wolphFebruary 20, 2014

Hello I hope I am posting this in the correct area.if not let me know and I will move/delete it. I have a 1 1/2 year old bell pepper from a big box store. It was in poorly deained pot and was probably suffering major root probablems.I chopped it for winter and repoted it in sunshine mix#4 with a small amount of slow release vigoro 12-10-5 ,lime and some Indonesia bat guano. My question is do I pick the small fruits that are starting to appear? Will it start to shoot steams? Basic pruning and what to do next for it? Thank you I'm new to this and any shared knowlage would be greatly appreciated.

Also is there a probablem using "sweet prilled lime" pellitized?
Thank you all advice will be greatly appreciated! !!

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morugaman

If that's a current picture I would say it looks healthy. You said fruits are developing already? Do you want it to grow more?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:13AM
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wolph

I want it to grow as big as possible since it is early in the season.right now it is just a stick with some leaves.
Will it be ok to let it grow peppers or should I pull them off and allow for more veg growth?(there is very small peppers starting to form)
As it gets bigger what pruning will help with its growth? Top it or fim it? Or just let it go?
Thanks

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 2:08PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Leave it alone :-)
Let it develop a nice full canopy. Are you sure that it is growing peppers....or are you seeing the flower buds form? Once the flowers are about to open, just pinch them off, and that'll keep the energy directed into producing foliage.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 2:13PM
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morugaman

Agree. Once the flowers start to open just pinch em off. It helps throw energy into growing and less into flowering because flower takes a lot of energy. Are you using a window of lights?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 3:55PM
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woohooman

Mine that survived the little frost we have had had some winter pods developing. But because it's winter and the foliage is sparse, I pinched em. There is now way they would have developed into anything much. Need to encourage more foliage at this point.

Kevin

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 4:49PM
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wolph

Ok thank.yea floweres, I was pinching them off to early to realise that they were flowers.it is out side in a very large pot in my drive way.when you say A window of light as in a small amount of time getting light?
So I will wait till right before the flowers open to pull them off thanks.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 6:47PM
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woohooman

You don't even have to wait for flowers. You can pinch the buds. Once you see it developing more foliage, I'd stop pinching. Bells are weak producers as it is. You'll want as many flowers it can muster.

Kevin

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 10:15PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

What Nex?

Now it needs lots of sunshine and warm weather to grow like crazy/

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 8:02AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

> "when you say A window of light as in a small amount of time getting light? "

Meant "a window OR light". Question answered - it is outside.

Be careful of leaving it sitting on a light-colored driveway that reflects light up onto the pot. Those black pots absorb a lot of heat. If the pot is larger, then that problem is smaller.

Good luck!
Dennis

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 3:05PM
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