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Growing Chilli peppers, also Hot peppers

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01 Jan 17 Lynne Adams (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Do I nip top stems off to increase side stems and fruit
02 Feb 17 Karen (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Yes. Not counting the seed leaves I generally let the plant grow to about 8 true leaves then remove the lower 2 (ventilation space under growing plant) and cut the stem leaving 4 true leaves. This results in a stronger stem, more side shoots = more fruit. This works well for me growing one plant per 15L container.
07 Jan 17 Peter (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
If you nip off the stem they will be sturdier plants and I have found they do produce more fruit.
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