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.
I"ve never had a pepper that needed support.
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
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?
I've never needed the support for my peppers -- but never had really big ones either...
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.
I also support them either with a bamboo stake that I tie the main stem to or with a NOT-tomato cage.