Stariting a bonchi
By - thatpeppergrower1
That's an excellent trunk and start of a good nibari, how old is it?
Started it in may
Which pepper is this? Last time I tried this it died, will be trying again this year once my plant is established enough.
Damn bro that's a harsh cut. Keep us posted!
Your post in pepperlovers brought me here. I had no idea this was even a thing, and now I'm wanting to start my own. Is it ok to start one from seeds, or is it recommended to start with an established root like you've done here?
Its the same either way, you either start one from seed and grow it until the trunk is the thickness you like it, or you start with an established plant which was originally started from seed anyways.
Not OP, but it's best to start from an established plant. If starting from seed, your stem won't get very thick (even if you keep trimming branches, the stem will stay small since it doesn't need to support the weight of other branches or hold up against weather), and you'll need a big enough pot to establish good roots.
Technically you could grow a plant from spring time in a felt planter bag (my personal favorite), or pot of some sort, let it grow big and strong, bring it inside during the frosty deep winter times, and then in the spring do an aggressive cut low down the stem and pot it into a bonsai or other small pot. My jalapeno plant has a stem almost as thick as this one after one season outside from seed, but giving it a second year would really give you a thicker trunk.
Tl;dr - buy a plant if you dont want to spend a year or two growing one
This is what I do, too, but I cut the plant back and prune the roots in fall, and let it re-establish in a window or under grow lights.
This will be my first year so honestly planned on winging it, but thank you for this anecdote! Super helpful.