Do I need support for my pepper plants?

JAMc_CA(z9 CA)April 9, 2005

I'm going to be putting out sweet pepper and bell pepper plants in my SFG beds, 1 per square, as soon as the weather warms. Do I need to put in something to support the plants? If so I should do it before transplanting.

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Ray_Scheel(z8b/SS31 E. TX)

I"ve never had a pepper that needed support.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2005 at 1:16AM
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Jacque_E_TX(Z 8a N Cent TX)

Some of my sweet peppers need support, since I like em red, and they produce so much heavy fruit....

I used a simple corral of bamboo stakes and yarn. The wire NOT-tomato cages they sell in Wal-Mart would do fine, as would Mel's wire cubes.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to build Mel's wire cubes

    Bookmark   April 10, 2005 at 11:15AM
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purplepapillon(Nevada 5/6)

If the wind here can knock over a crocus, it can certainly can knock over a pepper plant. I buy dowels at Wal-Mart and tie the plants to them. Why take chances when $.49 will prevent problems?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2005 at 6:57PM
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garden_fever_girl(5 CO)

I've never needed the support for my peppers -- but never had really big ones either...

    Bookmark   April 12, 2005 at 10:47PM
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breezyb(z6/7VA)

I no longer stake any of my peppers. I plant all of them - hot & sweet - 1-foot apart & they support each other beautifully. In fact, now that I don't artificially support/stake them, they do much, much better. The severe summer storms - tornadoes included - that we get here weekly just used to blow over & uproot my staked peppers. No more staking for me thank you.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 4:28PM
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etznab(7 NC)

I also support them either with a bamboo stake that I tie the main stem to or with a NOT-tomato cage.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2005 at 10:09AM
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