All Things Gardening forum: Pruning jalapeño plants

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Name: Zachary
NC
Zachj90
May 20, 2018 12:23 PM CST
Hey guys! I'm new to gardening and I just recently bought a pepper plant. When purchased it had one pepper growing. It was a very top heavy plant and I read everywhere to 'prune' it back so it grows more like a bush (more peppers). I cut it back two days ago and I'm wondering if I did the right thing and if anybody can give me encouragement that my plant will produce in a few months. Any tips are welcome! Thanks.

The plants seems to be growing and healthy 3 days later. I'm just unsure what to expect..
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Name: Rita
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May 21, 2018 4:24 PM CST
Zachj90 said:Hey guys! I'm new to gardening and I just recently bought a pepper plant. When purchased it had one pepper growing. It was a very top heavy plant and I read everywhere to 'prune' it back so it grows more like a bush (more peppers). I cut it back two days ago and I'm wondering if I did the right thing and if anybody can give me encouragement that my plant will produce in a few months. Any tips are welcome! Thanks.

The plants seems to be growing and healthy 3 days later. I'm just unsure what to expect..
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Expect it to send out new growth from those leaf nodes along the stem. Be patient it will take time before your pepper plant looks likes anything much again.

I would not have chosen to prune that heavily.
Name: James
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Txtea
May 21, 2018 7:54 PM CST
I grow jalapenos, and have never pruned them back.
Name: greene
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greene
May 21, 2018 8:49 PM CST
Also, they are perennials so if you have a place to overwinter them, you can keep a plant going for a while.
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DaisyI
May 21, 2018 9:36 PM CST
Why did you prune?? Who told you to do that? I would not have pruned. When over-wintering Jalapenos indoors, prune to make them fit the space they have to occupy but otherwise, don't prune.

It will recover eventually... Sighing!
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