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May 25, 2020 11:26 AM CST

New gardener. I topped my bell pepper plants a couple of weeks ago and now have tons of strong healthy leaves. Can I take the long weaker leaves off?
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May 25, 2020 1:37 PM CST
Name: Doug
Texas (Zone 8b)
Why?
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May 25, 2020 3:11 PM CST
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
And why top pepper plants? Those removed leaves were supplying energy to the plant. Removing the original leaves forced the pepper to expend energy replacing those leaves. The bottom leaves could be removed if they are touching the soil since that is a pathogen pathway.
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May 25, 2020 3:36 PM CST

I bought the plants from Home Depot and they were skinny. I was told that if you want to strengthen, top it, and it will focus the energy to the stem and arms. Did I ruin the plant? It looks healthy except for the leaves I left and they are hanging down touching the soil.
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May 25, 2020 7:28 PM CST
Name: Doug
Texas (Zone 8b)
OK, I see that topping pepper plants is sometimes recommended to increase productivity, by forcing the side shoots to grow out. This is considered optional. I'm not sure what longer weaker leaves you want to take off, but if you're chopping leaves off a plant, I guess I see no reason why you can't take any off if it makes you feel better. If you have lots of strong healthy leaves, what exactly is the issue here?
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May 26, 2020 8:23 AM CST

The leaves/side stem attaching from the original are weak and droopy compared to the other leaves. Some of them are touching the the floor of the potting mix. When the leaves of pepper plants touch the base, does it raise my chances of getting mold/insects on that plant?
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