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    Default Removing First Sweet Peppers

    In the latest copy of Amateur Gardening it says that you "should remove the first fruits that sweet peppers set, because this soaks up all the plants nutrients and prevents other fruit from setting". I havent heard of this before and not done it. Also on the seed packet there is no mention of this from the seed suppliers. Has any one done this and does it improve the number of peppers produced?
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    Not heard of that before. And got plenty of fruit on mine

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    I always remove the first few at the green stage so that the plant does not stop producing but thought that was just the plant thinking it's job was done so not heard all the stuff about the nutrients.

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    Never heard of that - I haven't done anything at all to mine and at the last count I had 14 fruit set on the 2 plants with more flowers threatening to set any day now. My first time, and I've no idea if that's good bad or indifferent, but anyway I'll be well happy if I get 14 peppers!
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    I remove some green ones , and use them, as if you leave them on the plant stops prodicing then I leave the later ones to go red. That way I get a kind of double crop.

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    Alice and Alison - what size do you remove the green ones to use? When they are full size but still green, or smaller than that?

    My biggest one at the moment is only about 2 inches long, and I'm hoping they'll get a bit longer than that
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    If your plants are big and sturdy, then leave the fruits on to develop. I usually cut some to use green (reasonable size) and leave the rest to ripen.

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    Demeter, if they are only 2" I'd let them get bigger. I cut these chillies and green peppers the other day but I'll get red ones later.
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