Pepper Plants - Knowledgebase Question

West Haven, Co
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Question by pcollinsan
June 30, 2010
My pepper plants are to close together. Can I transplant them although they are bearing fruit?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
That's six of one, half dozen of the other! Plants that are too close compete for sunlight, water and nutrients, and are susceptible to powdery mildew, which thrives where air circulation and sunlight are limited. Transplanting while they are bearing will set them back due to transplant shock or may even damage the roots and they won't come back. However, I'd recommend transplanting and perhaps losing some peppers rather than letting powdery mildew gain hold, as once it's in the garden, it's extremely difficult to eradicate! Good luck.

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