Should I pick off blomorna on chiliplantorna when they are small?

Now bloom many of my Habanero varieties even though many of them are not higher than 15 – 30 cm. Here it is the African chili “Africano” that has put flowers” Should I remove the flowers? Why do you take away the flowers?

A plant that puts flowers and and fruit may put much of its energy on just that and then there is less energy left for the plant to develop leaves and grow bigger. If it picks off the flowers to grow the plant and leaf mass faster. When to stop trying to pick off the flowers? It is a bit different depending on the kind and when they began to push up the plant, is it very late april – may I usually don't pick off the flowers on my Habanero varieties because it takes so long for the plants to develop mature fruits.

It is said that if one picks off the flowers early so the plants will give more and bigger fruits but I have not noticed any significant difference.

The plants I'm starting to push up in Dec – Jan I stop to pick off the flowers on when Habanero plants reached a height of about 40 – 60 cm and had a sharp blade mass. If you want some early fruit so you can leave a few flowers as if they pollinated will give fruit.

Picking of flowers is nothing, most plants will grow large yet but maybe it takes a little longer. I wont let some plants flower, for sure, it's nice to get some early chillies in feb – may

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16 Responses to Should I pick off blomorna on chiliplantorna when they are small?

  1. Markus says:

    Hi. My plants have begun to bloom a little early, 15,20 cm, How early can you remove the flower, already we every little knob or should I wait until it developed a little?

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi Markus!
      It is customary to pick off both flowers and flower buds of the plant will put the power to grow instead of developing flowers and fruit. You do not need to do this but can let them be left if you want to, then we can get some early fruit, the plant grows still, but not as fast. I usually leave a few paragraphs that I then pollinate by hand and then maybe get some early fruit. The plants are usually easy to lose the flowers indoors but there will be new all the time so there's no danger.

      • Markus says:

        Thanks for the reply. Thought most of you should let bud develops little or if it is possible to remove it as soon as you see the idea to a knob. Thought most of the plant can be damaged by removing the knob too early
        Have some questions on other issues also if it is possible for themselves! It is easiest to take it on the blog or do you have any email address?

        • Stig Häggkvist says:

          Hi Markus!
          No plants will not harm you pick off the flowers and buds, It sets new all the time. You can use the form “Kontakt” button to ask me questions to get answers by email.

  2. (c). aiser says:

    I grow indoors, Since I live in an apartment and do not have a balcony. The plants have started to flower but all flowers fall off once they have teed off. Wonder how should I do to get the plants to bear fruit?

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! It may be too dry air. Spray them with water in the evening. Since it is natural that the plants drop flowers in the beginning then it regulates how much fruit they can wear so you will probably get fruit later.

  3. Anders Dahlin says:

    Should I pick “thieves” as one does on tomatoes, in the case of habanero?

  4. Johanna says:

    I bought at the beginning of June a chiliplanta already had fruit-rare? It is planted in a large roomy pot and is light in the Conservatory. I have now been on gone a few weeks (they've got water in the meantime) and when I got home again so had planted some flowers and buds. Are completely new to this and was wondering what I should do now? All the fruits are still there and seems to thrive…

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi. Let all the flowers remain and enjoy all the fruits now and the future. Flowers picks you only removed at the beginning of the plant's life to put the power to grow bigger.

  5. Catherine says:

    Hey Stig!
    So fun to have found your site. A very good site. I'm a newbie and realize I have made a lot of errors regarding the chili. But they have grown and are long, large with nice sheets. I planted on my Starfish Yellow when it had flowers as it dropped all the flowers and they haven't come back yet, guess it was stressed. Do you have any tips on what I can do to it to feel good and get back the flowers or should I wait? I have also realized that to crop? It had I missed completely and have not done at all. The varieties I have is: Starfish Yellow, Habanero Lemon, Chiluace Negro. Habanero Lemon has a fruit so I dare not cut in the now, but I understand that the plant is bushy? The plants feel that said good but is long and large, CA 60 cm. I cut down before winter? Right now they are in a southern window but I have additional lighting to fall/winter as they will be in when it's time.

    Thank you once again for a great site!

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! Glad you found here. Crop chilli should not normally do, I do it rarely without letting them grow freely. That they drop flowers are normally at the beginning of flowering. Indoors we have for dry air so a tip is to spray them in the morning and evening with a nice shower water. When you are going to be winter for them so cut down watering sparingly and give them additional light and a little lower temp 16 – 18 degrees.

  6. Lina says:

    Hey Stig, Thanks for the Nice movies and sharing your knowledge!

    I started to grow a little chili for years and have not yet managed to get some fruits. I grow indoors in the apartment and has also had the plants on the balcony in the North until recently. It gets hot in there but no-one punitive solar. I was unlucky and got trips on the plants before first retraining. I have by removing infected leaves and spraying with a blend of neem oil managed to get rid of the vermin as far as I can see. At the other the retraining had I found your superb page and felt that I got to Earth great. I grow a Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend that throughout time, even when they had the vermin, have had flowers. These, however, have always fallen off before it become something. The plants are strong with well-developed leaves and looks to thrive. They have a tendency to look a little sad sometimes so I dushar them morning and night. Views on this are naturally diverge on the net but I personally agree with you that it may not be good with water stress. I run regular watering but saturates never and gives regular nutrition. I've had them facing South but don't like to be so sorry there so I moved to West. I've also gone with a small soft brush and duttat in the flowers because I don't have access to insects. Is it too late in the year, to expect it to be fruits? Everyone says that it is normal that the flowers fall off but since now several months I begin to despair.

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! be able to withstand mod fruits will. The brush is not needed, it is sufficient if you shake the plants easily now and then to help them with pollination.

  7. Madeleine says:

    I have a small unknown chiliplanta who stood in the kitchen window in summer. Now it has begun to flower and grow like crazy, so I'm wondering if I'm going to pinch off flowers or it will give fruit this time of year? I moved it to plant lighting where I have cuttings from tomatoes, where it is about 22 degrees, so I am thinking that it may develop fruit iom it?

    A to joy during, can I take check chiliplantor which stood on the balcony until now (could not bring in the past due to aphids) or will they get the temperature shock? I had set myself to let the plants on the balcony dying as a result of the attack, but instead, they began to produce new flowers and fruit. So it feels sad to let them die, now that they have shown strong signs of life!

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