Oh, thank you for buying my book! I hope you enjoy it. A beach vacation sure sounds good - winter has arrived with slush today here.
Glad the pepper is doing well!
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Thanks Ginger! Things have been going quite well since my post. There has been no further sign of leaves browning and dropping in the lower part, and it continues to bud and make new fruit near the top. It's not growing upwards crazy-fast or anything, so I think it's going to remain in a good and productive state for a long time yet.
Btw, I just bought your book and will be reading it on my Xmas beach vacation. :)
I'd stop pruning. No more branches are going to develop down on that shaded trunk. Not enough light. In general, I don't top-prune peppers. They sure look perfectly healthy up top.
If it were tomatoes, you might be able to add a side-light and encourage side branches to grow. But peppers don't seem to do much of that, in my experience. If they're done down there, they're done. New fruit buds only seem to happen at a new growing-forward branching. But - I don't grown chilis, only sweet peppers.
P.S. It seems the site just didn't like the - in the title <shrug>. I took it out and now the post seems OK.