I've got 6 pepper plants growing (2 pretty purple, a white habanero, a congo black, a ghost and some marbles) under a light. They all seem to be doing excellent (I kind of baby them). My pretty purples and white habaneros are flowering, with some of the flowers on the pretty purples beginning to grow some little peppers.
Should I be doing anything different from this point on? I'd like to move them outside, but I've still got at least two months before I can do that. I guess my question is, should I be helping these guys pollinate with themselves so they don't cross pollinate?
Peppers Flowering - What Next?
If they are indoors, they are probably self-pollinating as the pollen is insect borne, not wind borne.
Make sure that they are in a big enough container so that the roots are not stressed. You'll get better production that way.
Many folks help indoors plants along by buzzing the blossoms with a battery powered toothbrush. Just make sure it is clean when you move it to a different variety.
Melody, please explain the "buzzing the blossoms". Touch the inside of the blossom, the outside, the stem below the blossom? I'm growing 8-10 peppers this year (and want to save seeds, so they'll be under some kind of covering) and I'll need to know how to do that. Thanks
You can just vibrate the stem and branch next to the blossom. No need to do any work inside of the flower, you might do more damage than good with a toothbrush. As long as the flower gets a good shake, it does not matter if you are right on it. A few seconds should be plenty of time to get the pollen moved around.