There is usually no reason not to grow peppers if you are fond of them. These vegetables do well in a variety of environments and are a breeze to care for in gardens. What’s more, you can grow them in a pot if you are an urban dweller. Basically, you grow the seeds indoors towards the last days of the cold season.
A Little History
Peppers are one plant with a long history. In fact, they were grown in South and Central America before even Christ was born. It was the early explorers that introduced the plant to the European continent that fell in love with it right away. And by the 17th century, the Western powers had taken it to Asia and Africa.
Planting Sweet Peppers
You grow seeds indoors in commercially available peat pots towards the last days of winter maintaining temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is ideal for germination. Make sure there are at least three seedlings in a pot and thin out the weakest third one. The remaining two should continue together as they are resilient that way.
A week before the transplant, begin hardening them off and introduce aged compost or fertilizer. And when the coast clear and the danger of freezing is past tense, transfer them outside. Maintain a gap of 20 inches apart between seedlings but leave the pairing just the way it is. Escort the plants with a teaspoonful of fertilizer and leave it to its own devices.
Caring for the Sweet Peppers
The plant loves well-drained soils and a bit of moisture. Their particular favorite is the sandy loam soil with a decent content of the organic matter. Put some mulch around them to ensure it isn’t too dry. Sweet peppers are a bit proud and do not like that much heat. Water adequately – at least twice weekly and if you live in a dry place, water more frequently.
Hoe often around the plant to keep the weed at bay but don’t do it deeply as you would do much harm than good. You are free to pull any pesky weeds by hands should you need to.
Feed the vegetable once following the first fruit set. And if necessary, use a tomato cage to support the plant.
When the fruits are of size and are fully ripe, you can then cut them off using a knife leaving the rest of the plant to produce another one. An important tip to remember is that the longer the sweet peppers stay on the plant, the more delicious they become and the higher the vitamin C content.