The Q&A Archives: Orange Bell Pepper Plant

Question: We planted an orange bell pepper plant that was about six inches tall and had two peppers starting to grow on it. Since it has been put in the ground the two peppers growing on it have gotten to about ping pong ball size but the plant has not gotten any taller. We removed the two peppers to entice the plant itself to grow. Did we screw up by doing that?

Answer: Removing the developing peppers should not hurt your plant. In fact, doing so should encourage healthy new growth and flowers and more fruit. You didn't say how long ago you planted it, but sometimes plants take a week or two to adjust to being transplanted. Once the roots are established, and they are getting the sunshine and water they need, they should grow nicely. Try feeding your plant with a general purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer. Let's hope it wakes up soon and begins to grow nicely for you!

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