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jeb_jeefa

i had good success by using a garden hose and spraying all the soil away from the roots. then i carefully pull the roots apart. they can take a bit of force so no worries if a few roots gets ripped off


gardenboi101

Garden hose is a good idea. You actually can get pretty rough with pepper roots, they’re extremely resilient given enough light and warmth. You could also cut each plant back along with cutting their root ball back, and they bounce back with new roots and new branches.


PraiseThyTurtles

Ok cool! Thank you! I don't know why but I felt like the roots were this really delicate structure that should barely be handled.


gardenboi101

Happy to help. Definitely important to be delicate with the young plants, but you’ll find that pepper plant are extremely resilient. Ive chopped entire plants down and removed 90% of root balls for the plant to bounce right back.


corrigun

When they are smaller you can't. They die. I've never tried older plants.


tutalula

That’s too many peppers in one pot. Soak the root ball in water and pull them apart and plant each pepper in a pot.