cages or stakes will allow your pepper
plants to produce high quality and high quantities of fruit. Without the support of cages or stakes, you may be risking your entire pepper
crop. Many growers do stake or cage their peppers
, especially when they're heavy with fruit. pepper
stakes are a good option to support your pepper
plants. They can be made of metal or wood. Stakes should be driven into the ground 3-4 inches to the side of the plant. One stake is used per plant. The plant is secured to the stake using an elastic type material that will flex as the plant grows. Old nylons or thin bungee cords work nicely. If you use rope or wire ties, they will probably choke off or sever the stem as the plant grows. Add additional ties for every foot in height the plant grows. If you use wood stakes, make sure they are 1 inch in diameter and 4 feet long. Avoid using chemically treated wood. Drive the stake one foot into the ground to ensure it won't blow over. If you choose to use metal stakes, concrete rebar works well. Again, drive the stakes one foot into the ground to be sure they will support the weight of the plant and won't blow over in high winds.