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Name: Jesse Garcia
Corona, Ca
Captainjester
May 4, 2017 1:51 PM CST
I am a beginner gardener and i have a Jalapeno plant that I have been growing for two years now, this being the second year. Last season i only managed to grow only 1 Jalapeno. I have done alot of research and i would like to at least get 2 this season. I pruned my plant for the first time around early march of this year and i noticed that its growing back but i dont have many leaves sprouting out from the stem. I have leaves toward the top because of sun light. Should i prune it again? If so how many times should you prune a plant per season without hurting the plant?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 4, 2017 5:06 PM CST
I'm confused about why you would want to prune a pepper. Confused
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
May 4, 2017 5:11 PM CST
It sounds like it isn't getting enough sun. I've never heard of anyone pruning a pepper of any type.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 4, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Hi and welcome, Jesse. Your plant is really very small already, for a 2yr. old pepper plant.There's really no need to prune a plant that small.

Are you growing it outside? Peppers love the heat and need full sunshine all day to produce lots of peppers and to grow big and healthy.

You need to concentrate on growing it bigger if you want more peppers. Have you been fertilizing it? If so, what have you been using and how often?
Elaine

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Name: Jesse Garcia
Corona, Ca
Captainjester
May 4, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Hello all thank you for you concerns. I have seen many youtube videos where people prune the jalapeno plants to 1) improve root growth and 2) increase the stability of the stock so it could support the weight of the peppers. I am growing it outside on a patio. My patio doesnt get much sun light so i have a grow light running on an 8 hr timer to help with the plant needs. I fertilize my plant with dr. Earth fertilizer every other month. I also occasionally add coffee grounds to my soil
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 4, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Just my opinion, Jesse and I do grow lots of peppers, you do not need to prune that plant. You need to grow it. Pinching at this time of year will take off the new growth that will make flowers and peppers fairly soon.

The coffee grounds are ok as a soil amendment, but don't give the plant any nutrients to speak of. I looked up Dr. Earth fertilizer, and if you are feeding it the 4-6-3 formula, or the 5-7-3 that is for plants growing in the ground. In hot weather when you're watering a lot the fertilizer is leached out of a pot faster than the package will tell you. Your plant in a pot is running out of food, not getting enough "real" sunlight or water and it's going to be a bonsai pepper plant if you keep pinching it instead of growing it. You will be harvesting one jalapeno every year for the life of the plant. Jalapenos are good producers and that plant should give you twenty or thirty peppers each year if you will just give it what it needs.

Give it a bigger pot, new potting soil with fertilizer in it, feed it every couple of weeks with a soluble fertilizer, water it every day and move it out into the sun. Once it is 3ft. tall and getting out of hand at the end of the summer, maybe pinching it back for next season would be appropriate to keep it down to a manageable size for you.

Elaine

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Name: Jesse Garcia
Corona, Ca
Captainjester
May 4, 2017 9:51 PM CST
I was using the 5-5-5 solution. Thank you so much with your input! How big of a pot should i get? Also is there a fertilizer and potting mix that you reccomend or work for you?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 5, 2017 7:41 AM CST
I'd get a light-colored, thick-walled plastic pot about twice the size of what it's in for it, because that will help to keep the roots cooler in your hot weather. Be sure it has good drainage holes in the bottom. The clay pots are nice but they transpire a lot of water so you'll have to water much more often if you put it in another clay one.

As far as potting soil goes, if you want organic, the Vigoro Organic potting soil has been excellent for me. If you can't get that, go to a good nursery (not the plant section of HD or Lowes!! ) and get them to recommend their favorite. It should be light, but water-retentive so made up of mostly peat or coconut coir with some perlite (little white chunks).

As long as your pot has good drainage, you really can't overwater a plant in a pot in your dry-ish climate. Vegetable plants work hard to produce food for you and you need to help them as much as you can. Water deeply in the mornings, enough so that water runs out the bottom of the pot.
Elaine

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 5, 2017 9:44 AM CST
I agree and get some vegetable plant fertilizer.
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Name: Jesse Garcia
Corona, Ca
Captainjester
May 5, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Okay guys i upsized my plant to a 2.5 gallon pot, got new soil, any advice about it?, and got some plant food. What do you guys think?

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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
May 5, 2017 6:14 PM CST
Get it out in full sun.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 5, 2017 6:23 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Jesse Garcia
Corona, Ca
Captainjester
May 5, 2017 7:06 PM CST
I will let you guys know in a week or two how its doing Thank You!
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 6, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Great Jesse Thumbs up !!!
Now get it slowly !!! acclimated to as much sun as possible, and let it grow. You should be getting lots of peppers off that plant.
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Name: Jesse Garcia
Corona, Ca
Captainjester
May 23, 2017 3:44 PM CST
As promised here is a picture of my jalapeno plant now. I have found the spot that has the most sun and that is where my jalapeno is now. I have realized that i need a fan to circulate air around the plant because mold starts to grow on the soil
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 23, 2017 4:41 PM CST
Thumbs up
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 23, 2017 5:34 PM CST
Great Jessie Thumbs up
Now, move it outside. Oh ! Wait ! Whats your climate like ?
Inside, you'll have to flick the flowers, with your fingers, in early morning, to get them pollinated. Outside, would be best ! Though ! You might what to do same, flick, thing. Just to be sure of pollinazation. There perennials. Keep them alive in house in winter, as, you've done ! And Thumbs up
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You'll be good ! Buddy ! 😁😁😁!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 23, 2017 7:00 PM CST
Jesse lives in Corona. The pepper could live outside year 'round.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
May 23, 2017 7:21 PM CST
And should! They need full sun!

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