How to Grow Bell Peppers: Useful Tips for Growing Bell Peppers

How to grow bell peppers

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Back to growing tips. Today’s edition is Bell Peppers. You can check the rest of the vegetables by exploring the site.

The sweet varieties of peppers, especially bell peppers, are one of the most popular varieties among gardeners. You can eat them green or ripe and can use them in salads, stuffing, soup, stews, relishes, and pickling.

They also grow well in raised beds, and containers.

How To Grow Bell Peppers?

how to grow bell peppers

Peppers grow very quickly. Depending on their variety they can become mature within 60 to 150 days (after transplanting). If you are a beginner, use the early varieties for growing.

Where To Grow Bell Peppers:

Bell pepper is a versatile plant, you can use your backyard or grow bags to grow a pepper plant. Just make sure they receive 6 hours of sunlight in a day.

Planting Pepper Seeds:

Though you can directly put the seeds in the garden, we strongly recommend that you first grow the seedlings indoors.

Bell peppers need a bit long growing season (60 to 90 days), so it’s best to get them started indoors. Plant seeds at about 1/4 inches deep in the soil, in late winter, 8-10 weeks before your last spring frost date.

How To Plant Bell Peppers:

For germinating the seeds the soil temperature should be above 70 deg F. If the temperature is not that high you can use heat pads for helping germination.

In about 2-8 weeks the seeds will grow into proper transplants. Now plant them into the garden where you intended to grow pepper. Give a 12 to 15 inches gap between two plants.

When To Plant Bell Peppers:

Transplant the bell pepper seedlings into the garden once the soil and air become warm in the spring.

The Best Soil For Growing Peppers:

You can grow bell peppers in almost any type of soil, but make sure it is well-drained. If you are planning to grow bell peppers on clay soil, add some good quality compost, and coir or peat moss to increase the drainage of the soil.

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They are not very hungry plants. Adding a handful of compost is enough for the plant to grow.

While using compost ingredients, make sure you don’t use a high amount of Nitrogen in the pile. This can result in lush foliage and lesser fruits.

How to water A Bell Pepper Plant:

Watering is very important in plants like pepper. They require a good amount of water but make sure the soil has proper drainage and the roots don’t get waterlogged. One of the solutions you can use is to add Perlite to the soil.

Companion Planting With Bell Pepper:

Pepper is a very good companion plant that goes well with plants like Tomatoes, Carrots, and Basils.

It is important that you provide some form of support to the plant. Once the plant starts growing fruits it becomes tough for the plant to strive without support.

Topping your bell peppers

Pest Management of Bell Pepper:

Pepper is usually pest free. In rare cases spider mites or aphids attacks peppers. You can easily handpick and remove them.

Harvesting Bell Peppers:

Don’t wait for the peppers to fully mature before picking. Most of the peppers taste best when picked a little early. Also, regular harvesting of pepper increases the yield. Use a sharp knife to cut the fruit from the plant.

It is best to eat peppers the same day you have harvested them. You can also use a refrigerator to store them. Get more on vegetable storing in our earlier article.

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