My quick guess was that the plant tried to flower (and then fruit) from too small an age, which stressed/stunted it. I tried to find some backup on this theory, and Texas A&M (a favorite site for reference, though not in my zone by any means) does allude to this: http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/vegetables/pepper.html The reason I was thinking this because an old vegetable gardening friend, sadly now gone, used to tell me to pick off the first set of flowers from young pepper and tomato plants to make them root in well (not flower/fruit too fast) and get a bigger, more robust plant that (albeit a little later) would be able to carry more fruit. Does this ring any bells?
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