Enjoy a rich summer harvest from these sun-lovers.
Bright and bountiful sweet peppers, also known as capsicum, are relatively easy to grow and are trouble free plants. Not only do they supply a plentiful crop, but they look good while doing it.
Sweet peppers are one of the most attractive vegetables to grow. Delicate white flowers appear before the plant bears its colorful yield of around 4 kilos per plant. The mature sweet pepper plant grows into a thick bush that often needs staking to support the heavy sets of vegetables.
Most sweet peppers start out green before ripening to their mature color. Mature colors range from red and green to gold and purple.
Although sweet pepper plants are attractive enough for a container garden, they grow much better in the ground. The roots need to spread out to provide the best overall yield.
Fertilize the plants lightly, with a low-nitrogen fertilizer, as too much nitrogen can cause the plant to stop producing.
For planting you will need:
Sweet pepper plants
1. Dig a hole about three times the size of the seedling’s root ball. Mix one cup of compost thoroughly with the soil from the hole. This will help improve drainage.
2. Fill the hole slightly, making sure you leave enough space for the plant’s root ball to sit at the same height as it did in the seed tray of pot.
3. Carefully remove the seedling from its original container. If the roots are tangled, cut one-quarter off the bottom of the root ball.
4. Place the seedling in the hole, patting soil down firmly. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts around the base to help the plant grow a strong stem.
5. Stake the plant when necessary, about 2 foot (60cm) tall to support the cluster of mature fruit. Keep the sweet pepper plants well watered, especially during dry spells.
For the best yield, pick the first set of sweet peppers when they are green, then let the next set ripen to their mature color and size. This tricks the plant into thinking it produced too few sweet peppers, making it produce more.
Keep the yield strong by picking sweet peppers as soon as they reach their mature color, rather than letting them age on the plant.
A tip for when you harvest sweet peppers cut them off the plant at mid-stem using a sharp knife. Do not pull them off the plant as tugging may break the branch. This can damage the plant and may reduce its yield for that season.
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