My 'planted way too close together' peppers

jennyzone5(6)August 27, 2011

Not knowing any better, I planted my peppers less than 6" apart. The Jalepenos aren't doing well because they are now in the shade from the Cayennes but otherwise I'm not seeing any issues with producing! Hope the pictures work!

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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

nice looking harvest, will be some nice eat'n!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2011 at 5:24PM
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Gotta be careful some peppers can cross pollinate. Doesn't matter though if you don't plan on collecting seeds.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 3:28PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I'm always tempted to squeeze a few more plants into my pepper patch.....
but by the end of the season, I'm very glad that I didn't! Of course,
peppers have a mind of their own it seems, and I do have plants that end up touching.
18 - 22 inches apart is a general spacing rule that has served me well.


    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 5:10PM
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In my hot climate the peppers that are close together shade the ground around each other and cope with the heat much better than lone plants where the sun hits the soil from the sides. I suppose mulching has a similar effect, but if you are limited on space do not be afraid to plant your peppers around 12" apart, especially annuums. They will need support as they will end up more leggy as they fight with each other to reach the sun.


    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 9:12PM
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I have sandy soil which heats up and dries out quickly. Intensive close planting works best for my soil since close plants shade the soil. You don't want them to overlap though, just close enough to close the canopy.

If you are on a more water retentive soil, I would not do this though. It is only an advantage with dry sandy soils.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 9:03AM
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