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Hi, everyone.

I'm rather new to growing peppers, but I understand that pinching early pepper buds and flowers is recommended to encourage growth so the plant is at a satisfactory size before you want it to begin fruiting. However, I noticed after picking a bud at the very top center of the plant, I've noticed it's hardened and turned a brownish color.

Will this plant stop growing vertically now? Or will new vertical growth eventually emerge?

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Thanks a lot!
 

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Welcome....Glad to have you aboard.
I am growing peppers for the 1st time this year too. I just put them outside a few days ago.so really no growth yet. I have read different theories about pinching them off, not sure what to do yet. I will probably pinch some off and not others and see if it makes a difference. Did a quick search and got this....

 

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I appreciate the reply.

I understand the benefit of pinching pepper buds, but I'm just trying to figure out if I made a mistake by pulling the one off at the top center, because I'm noticing some browning and hardening from where I pinched it.
 
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