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