Boost sweet and chilli pepper crops
SWEET or chilli, mild or scorching – most of us grow a pot or two of sun-loving peppers. One thing I’ve noticed over the years, though, is that often the first fruit that sets on each plant dominates, suppressing the formation of others.
Called the ‘bull’ fruit, it often grows very large (especially in sweet peppers) at the expense of later-formed fruits. It often sits right at the top of the central stem, which is a good place to be as the plant is pumping all its nutrients there, but there in lies the problem.
Like the proverbial big brother, it greedily gorges on this nutrition while its smaller siblings go without. It’s tough love, but removing it while it’s still small will allow the others to develop.
If you want more peppers, remove the ‘bull fruit’ at the top of the plant