Give your favorite peppers a nice sunny place to grow and you will find out how easy it is to grow peppers compared to many other vegetables. You can start your seedlings inside 8 to 10 weeks before your last spring frost date. Plant your peppers outside a couple weeks after your last frost.
You may be the kind of person who likes to bring the heat with Jalapeno, Anaheim or Dragon Cayenne peppers. Perhaps you are just looking for some flavor from the good old Green Bell Pepper for your spaghetti. Whether you are making a tongue torching salsa or fajitas, there are a few things to know when growing different types of peppers. Because different types of peppers produce at different times, it is good to plant a large variety of different peppers.
Peppers need to be planted in a well-drained soil, in the full sun. Since peppers grow upright, they can be planted 2 feet apart with good results. Like tomatoes, peppers like a fertile, pH neutral soil, somewhere around 6.2 to 7.5.
Sweet peppers will produce in 60 to 90 days from the day of transplanting your plant. Hot peppers can take up to 150 days. This is why we start planting our pepper seeds inside 8 to 10 weeks ahead of planting outside.The ideal growing temperature for peppers is between 68 and 85 degrees. You will see your plants starting to flower and fruit after about 6 weeks in the ground. Peppers are edible once they are green but waiting for them to change colors will give you a much better flavor and they will be much more nutritious. Your Home Depot stores carry a large selection of pepper seeds in stock as well as a large selection of pepper plants from Bonnies Plant Farm. Bell Peppers are simple plants to grow and a great plant to start out your first gardening endeavor with.
One week before planting in the ground, introduce compost into the planting site. You will also want to fertilize your pepper plants with a good slow release tomato vegetable fertilizer after the first sign of fruit. Be sure to keep weeds away from your plants, as they can rob your peppers of nutrients. Peppers are light feeders so you will not need to feed them for 3 months after applying this fertilizer.
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