Hand pollination = bigger peppers?
I have a rocoto that is now 4 years old. It is truely a survivor. Attacks by hail didn't kill it. Getting toppled over and spilling out of it's pot didn't kill it. And every year it has produced ample ammounts of fruit. The first was the smallest harvest.
It is now in a large pot, and I no longer am going to move it to harden it off and move it outside. This means that I have started playing "bee polinator" with a tiny paint brush. My peppers are HUGE this year, and my plant keeps setting new flowers. My questions are:
1. Are the peppers so big because of the hand pollination? Or could it be that my plant is finally mature and starting to set "normal" size fruit. One of the peppers is almost as big as my fist.
2. Should I continue to "play bee" with the new flowers or is there a point where my plant has enough peppers? I dont want to hurt my precious baby by giving it too much to work on.
I love this pepper and will grow it till I go to the promised land. Thank you for your feedback.