Growing Sweet Pepper
Sweet peppers are the wide variety of mild peppers which belong to the capsicum family. If you want to know the tips for growing sweet pepper, you must read this article very carefully.
The best known sweet peppers are bell peppers, named for their bell-like shape. They possess a mild, sweet flavor with crisp juicy flesh. Sweet peppers, or bell peppers, can be grown in all temperate countries and are widely grown in greenhouses in Northern Europe.
How To Grow Sweet Pepper:
Below are the instructions to grow your own sweet peppers:
Get the lightweight soil rich in organic matter. Peppers prefer a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.8. The ideal soil temperature for growing sweet peppers should be 65 degree F or warmer.
Sowing the seeds:
Sow the sweet pepper seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep, 18 to 24 inches apart. The space between rows should be 24 to 36 inches apart. You can sow three seeds to each spot and thin to the two most successful seedlings. You can transplant the peppers into the garden when they are 4-6 inches tall.
Water and light:
Make sure to give sufficient water to the soil which will help in the formation of fruit. Dry soil can result in flower drop. The seedlings should get sufficient light to grow. For that purpose you need to set the seedlings in direct sunlight.
You can also add aged compost to planting beds before planting and again at midseason.
Try to keep the planting beds well weeded. Mulching is necessary for keeping the soil temperature and moisture even.
Do not use fertilizers with high nitrogen. These fertilizers can create large leafy plants with few or no fruits. You can use fertilizers which are higher in phosphorus and potassium.
- Add mulch around the peppers to keep down weeds, and to retain the moisture.
Sweet peppers can be harvested in 60- 95 days after sowing. Size and color give you the best clues about when to harvest sweet peppers. Sweet peppers can be harvested when firm and attain the full size (at least 3 ½ to 4 inches) but still green. If left to ripen, they may turn red, yellow, orange, or purple. Once the peppers begin to turn colors, they should be monitored carefully. Once they turn their final color, they deteriorate very fast. Hence, the peppers must be picked right away. You can cut the peppers off the vine. Do not pull the pepper away from the plant as it may make the plant to come out of the soil.
Try using these simple tips on growing sweet peppers for making your task an easier one.