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#1 Bakemeacake

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:55 AM

Hey guys,

I went ahead and decided to top my ghost pepper plant a few days ago after my buddy recommended it and I confirmed with info from here, but now I have a question. As you'll be able to see from the pic below, there's a large side shoot that is almost as long as the growing stem was. Should I prune that as well or leave it as is? I didn't know if it will cause the plant to grow unevenly or something.

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:04 AM

Just let it be.

It looks like a healthy young plant and it will grow a lot of side branches and bush out.

There is no need to try and train your plant into a certain shape or growth pattern.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:14 AM

Pros: The shoot will continue to grow and create more pods than you would have with just the single stem.

Cons: It's going to cause the plant to lean to that side so you'll have to support it properly.



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:17 AM

. If you're leaving them in the pots, I wouldn't prune or top anymore at all. I wouldn't prune that first fork, regardless

 

If they're going in the ground, maybe a different story.

 

I never topped or side pruned any of this and just let it grow. In retrospect, I sure wish I pruned all side shoots and quickly cut all initial forks til they were at least 1½ to 2 ft tall

 

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:23 AM

That's good info, guys. So basically if I snip that side shoot, it's going to get bushy on that one side and make it uneven growing?

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:27 AM

That's good info, guys. So basically if I snip that side shoot, it's going to get bushy on that one side and make it uneven growing?

no, if you don't snip that side shoot it's going to probably grow unevenly but you'll get more production.  You're going to have to support it regardless at some point, it really isn't a big deal for it to be lopsided.



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:28 AM

. If you're leaving them in the pots, I wouldn't prune or top anymore at all. I wouldn't prune that first fork, regardless

 

If they're going in the ground, maybe a different story.

 

I never topped or side pruned any of this and just let it grow. In retrospect, I sure wish I pruned all side shoots and quickly cut all initial forks til they were at least 1½ to 2 ft tall

 

 

 

so the opposite of topping lol is it just a crowding issue for you?  What in the hell do you do with all those pods?



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:31 AM

no, if you don't snip that side shoot it's going to probably grow unevenly but you'll get more production.  You're going to have to support it regardless at some point, it really isn't a big deal for it to be lopsided.


Oh I see. The only reason I was really concerned is because I am planning to overwinter these plants and would like it to have a healthy structure.




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