The Q&A Archives: how to stake peppers

Question: My garden is a planter (3'L x 54'W x 3'D) I do not get full sun until approximately 11am. My chili plants are growing fast. I need to know how to stake them. Is this simply a stick stuck into the soil next to the plant? any help will be welcome.

Answer: While many varieties of peppers do not need any staking, it is a good idea to support tall pepper plants; any plant over 24 inches tall. Their many branches are fairly brittle, especially where they join the stems. Heavily weighted with large bell peppers, they are vulnerable to wind and rain from summer storms as well as to passing garden equipment. Use sturdy 2 foot tall cages to support the entire plant. Or, tie the main stem of each plant to a single 24 to 36 inche tall stake with a strip of cloth or other soft tie material. As large, heavy branches develop, use the stake to support them or use extra stakes for the branches.

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