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2 months 1 week ago #544461 by Hawkspur

How do people support their pepper plants?
I have tried winding them up a bit of hanging twine as I do for the tomatoes, but because the plants don't have a main stem, that isn't much help. The side branches are breaking off as the weight of the maturing peppers drags them down. They are in pots in a tunnelhouse so something hanging is ideal, because a stake in a pot doesn't have enough depth and leverage, but I can't think of a hanging support that won't get in my way for harvesting.
Suggestions?

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2 months 1 week ago #544465 by stentor

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2 months 1 week ago #544501 by sandgrubber

I've never felt they needed support. Have they grown spindly?
If you want to do something hanging, how about making a cylinder or cone out of some sort of fencing... Or mesh type rebar. Like a tomato cage, but hanging.

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2 months 1 week ago #544502 by Hawkspur

Maybe they are spindly because they are in a tunnelhouse, and don't have to deal with wind etc. making the branches flex and toughen as they grow. Maybe they have a large crop weighing them down. I don't know what has caused it but those are possibilities I have thought of.
So far the broken branches have occurred on a jalepeno, a conical capsicum and a wildfire pepper.

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2 months 1 week ago #544507 by Blueberry

I grow mine in the tunnelhouse, and i stake them :evil: -

they do tend to overcrowd a branch, pulling it down and then breaking off, so i'm staking them as i do the tomatos.


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2 months 6 days ago #544513 by Wren

Wow - your peppers are doing much better than mine!

Can you kind of split the hanging string at the bottom into plys to split between the branches....? Or tie a knot adding nes strings lower down to support each fruiting brach? Ours grow outside and I normally stake them, but haven't got round to that yet this season....


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2 months 5 days ago #544524 by Hawkspur

We don't have the option of staking, because we use tubs that wick from the bottom for watering, which are not really deep enough to use stakes.
I will try adding a few more lines on twine supports without making it impossible to actually get at the peppers for harvesting.

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