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iowagardening
Brayton, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2013
8:23 PM

Post #9466382

So I planted peppers and tomatos a little early this year and now I have trees and peppers flowering already havent opened yet just the green balls but it will probably be a month before I can plant out. Being rather new at gardening any advice out there for pollinating untill I can put them outside?

Much appreciated

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2013
6:47 AM

Post #9466598

No worries.
Mine did too. In the past I did more damages trying to remove all of the pepper flowers ... snapping by mistake branches ...
Last year, I kept the flowers and the little peppers on the plant ... I just removed the fruits before transplanting outside.
I had the best pepper harvests ever ... and I still have frozen peppers in my freezer. So I am doing the same this year. Easy easy !

I heard from some DG members that if you don't remove the flowers the plant will never grew to its potential ... well mine did prove it wrong.

Regarding tomato flowers, I did remove them before transplanting outside ... sometimes they just drop by themselves.
iowagardening
Brayton, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2013
8:11 AM

Post #9466658

Oh, just let them do their thing untill i can plant out and let nature take over? For some reason I thought I had to sit their and take pollen introduce to the other plants of the same kind etc etc. I have so much to learn, but I did manage a complete 180 from last year to this year. Killed every seedling last year and now I have a jungle in the basement and no idea where I am going to put it all. I appreciate your help Thor.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2013
3:29 PM

Post #9466967

I think the general idea is to remove the pods and flowers when you plant out so the plant can concentrate on growing roots. I dont bother removing every single blossom or pod until they get planted outside.

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