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Want to know how to grow bell peppers?
Bell peppers are almost as popular as growing tomatoes in your home garden. With a wide range of flavors on the same plant just by the timing in which you harvest, bell peppers can be a great addition to your cooking.
The biggest challenge with growing bell peppers is how temperamental they can be to temperature changes.
Start your seedlings indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost is expected. This will give them plenty of time to develop into strong seedlings before you move them outside.
Harden your seedlings off over several days before planting in your garden. Bell peppers are great for growing near tomatoes and will thrive in full sun with plenty of water.
It is vital to not plant your peppers before the soil is 70 degrees and the nights stay warm. Bell peppers thrive at a temperature of 70 to 90 degrees.
Plant your peppers with 1/3rd of the stem buried to help stabilize your plants as they grow. Bell peppers have shallow roots and heavy fruits so they will need a bit of support to thrive, steaking is a great way to help them stay upright when the papers become large and heavy.
Before planting, till fresh compost or fertilizer into your soil. After planting, use plenty of mulch to trap water and prevent weeds.
Be cautious when pulling any weeds that do pop up to avoid damaging your bell peppers shallow roots.
Due to the delicate nature of bell pepper plants, you will want to keep an eye out for pests that will damage them. They can not hold up well to common aphids.
Invite predators like ladybugs and hummingbirds to your garden to protect your bell peppers.
Harvesting bell peppers is really dependent on what you are looking for in your peppers.
The longer you leave them on the plant, the sweeter your bell peppers will get. Some of the more interesting varieties have a peek point for harvesting so be sure to check if you try a less common verity.
Always harvest any remaining bell peppers before the weather turns cold to prevent rotting.