If you love bell peppers, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be growing them in your own backyard! Although they can be a little finicky to grow, there is nothing more satisfying than picking off your own harvest! These tips for growing bell peppers will ensure that your harvest leads to big, beautiful bell peppers like you’ve never seen before!
Tips For Growing Bell Peppers
#1. Sow Early
The rule of thumb with bell peppers is to start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last average frost date. Bell peppers take a look time to come to fruition – sometimes as long as 100 days.
Place the seeds in a warm and sunny spot and cover them with plastic to encourage germination.
Once the seedlings have developed 2-3 true leaves, you may transplant them to bigger pots.
After transplanting to a bigger pot, fertilize your bell pepper plant according to label recommendations. Fertilizer needs will be different depending on the variety you grow.
Water newly potted plants and keep the soil moist. This is very important especially during the growing stage!
Before transplanting outdoors, be absolutely sure that there is no more danger of frost. Transplanting too early could cause your pepper plant to die.
#5. Spacing & Mulching
In the garden, be sure to leave at least 18 inches between plants. After transplanting, add an inch or two of organic mulch, which will aid in keeping the soil moist.
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