Nipping early buds ?

reginald_25(5)April 18, 2012

I have some pep seedlings that are presenting floral buds. I cannot put seedlings outside for at least 3 weeks if unprotected. Question here is whether I should sacrifice the early buds / flowers so as to possibly promote better plant growth at this stage.

Reggie

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romy6(9)

Yes. Nipping the buds will or should make your plants grow taller and wider. That's not to say the plant will shut down upward growth if you leave the buds. I typically pinch the flowers till the plant is about a foot and a half tall .Then I let it do it's thing.

Jamie

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 3:20PM
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esox07 (4b)

Yes, I have been snipping buds for a week or so now and my plants are only about 4-5" tall at best. Not all are budding yet but several are. I have a month or so before I can get them outside full time.
Bruce

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 4:54PM
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rwaters(7b)

I also have been nipping buds for a week or so. Like others have posted I nip them until the plant is at least a foot tall.

Nip it ....in the bud (couldn't resist lol)

Vaughn

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 8:13PM
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