Grow your peppers using seeds. It is cheaper this way and you’ll have a wider range of varieties to choose from. In addition, most peppers from the store were grown in pest and climate controlled conditions, and are instantly worn down once taken from the environment they are used to and be placed in your garden.
Steps to Grow Peppers
- Begin planting 8 to 10 weeks before the last expected frost.
- Bring your containers together. These can be peat pots, milk cartons, six-packs, or yogurt cups. Load your containers with well-drained soil. Put the seeds into the soil. Moisten the soil, then put the containers in a plastic bag until the seeds germinate. Place them in a warm area as this can hasten germination.
- Once the seed has taken root, remove the seedlings from the plastic bag and place them in a site where they can be fully sunned at least eight hours per day. Lightly fertilize the plants when they develop leaves. If the plants have healthily and sturdily grown to at least 4 inches, move the plant to where the soil’s pH ranges from 6.7 to 7.0 and soil temperature is at least 60°F. Small varieties should be set one to two inches apart, while normal-size types should be planted with a 14 to 16 inch separation. Make sure that there is no frost.
- Carefully place the plant into the plowed hole. Water well, making sure you’re not flooding the area. Place a modest quantity of manure or compost into the soil. Sprinkle Epsom salts on the planting surface to provide the plants with magnesium, which they need to develop well. You should also fertilize them with a phosphorous rich fertilizer.
- If the weather unexpectedly turns cool, cover the soil with black plastic to aid in the regulation of heat. See to it that the plastic is taken off once the temperature has already increased. It is also necessary to water steadily, especially when the fruits are developing. In a week, one inch of water should be supplied to the plants. Water at the roots, not on the leaves as the latter can promote diseases.
- Once the soil is thoroughly warmed, place a layer of organic mulch to hold moisture and prevent weeds. Apply fertilizers or compost around the plants once the plants start to flower and three weeks after that. Pick the peppers early and often. Gently cut them from their stems and rinse.