Jon Sousa wrote:I just got some jalapeños and some serranos from the nursery and both are tall and leggy. I know you can plant tomatoes as deep as needed but how deep can you plant peppers?
You can but they aren't like tomatoes. They won't happily grow roots like crazy. They will grow more roots, just not as easily as tomatoes. If they're leggy to the point of being spindly I'd plant them deeper just to keep them from snapping. Just don't expect a profusion of roots as a result.
You can plant peppers out at a little bit below soil level and bury them a fraction of an inch, but I wouldn't do much more. Peppers are not like tomatoes, they wont grow new roots off a buried stem. I always end up staking most of my peppers anyway. Some people will cut off the upper growth tip on a lot of varieties so they get bushier and that doesn't seem to affect productivity one way or another according to most reports. I just let them do what they want and stake them when/if they get top-heavy. I would stake them all at the beginning of the season, but I'm always experimenting with weird varieties that I have too little info about, and I feel like a dufus when I've staked a plant that ends up being 10cm tall (4") and bushy...
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