Stronger pepper plants (Praxxus method):
He suggestes cutting the plant just below to the two major branches (below the first major fork). This forces the pepper to "send out armies of multiple stems for a stronger and more productive pepper plant. In a week or two you will see some serious side shoots forming. Eventually it will be a stocky full beauty of a plant. Tomato plants respond even better. I prune mine back and force the low suckers to grow. This turns the plant into a multi-stemmed hydra of a tomato plant which can support more fruit. "