Spicy exchange / 2023
What is "topping"?
Not sure where to start? I've put together a 34-page guide to help you grow an abundant harvest.
If you prune too much and remove too many leaves, it can limit the plant’s ability to perform photosynthesis and stunt the growth of the plant. Topping also delays fruit production by a couple of weeks.
Some types of pepper plants are naturally compact, like habaneros, so there is less benefit to topping. Large peppers, like bell peppers, do not do as well when topped, and it can negatively impact yield.
I’m growing over a dozen types of hot and sweet peppers this year, and I’ve decided to top some of them to see if I notice a difference in growth and fruiting.
The "green thumb" is a myth — with the right information, anyone can successfully grow peppers. Enjoy this free 34-page guide to help you grow an abundant harvest.