Growing Bell Peppers
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To choose your pepper variety, remember that they all start out green and then turn color as they mature, these colors range from yellows, to purples, or even fiery orange. King Arthur peppers gro to be around 2-3 feet tall and yield thick, greenish red peppers that are about 4 inches wide. There are also Cupid mini-bell peppers that grow around 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide, these would be perfect for compact places or containers.
Peppers are annual vegetables for the most part but are actually considered perennial fruits similar to tomatoes and eggplants. They favor hot temperatures and fertile soil so if you are living off the grid it might be a good idea to invest in grow lamps. Check out one that I like here: https://amzn.to/2vdUpQd They like well-drained soil and full direct sun at least 6-8 hours a day. Unfortunately, they are very sensitive to cold weather so they must be kept well insulated, seeds should be started indoor approximately 6-8 weeks before the last anticipated spring frost. After the danger of freezing has passed, and nighttime temperatures remain above 60 degrees, they can be moved outside.
Preppers: To start your seeds indoors:
Step 1: Plant seeds in a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite and sand (equal parts).
Step 2: Place two seeds in each pot closer to the center and push them under the surface of the soil
Step 3. Maintain the moisture of the soil by not letting it dry out with regular watering.
Step 4. Either use a grow lamp with 8 hours on, or place in a setting with direct sunlight throughout the day.
How to Get Peppers All Winter Long:
To extend the fruiting season of peppers they will need to stay warm, very warm, all winter and will need direct light from grow lamps. The room should be around 65-75 degrees, and the grow lamps will need to be on at least 14-16 hours per day.
This can be controlled using a timer, but once they flower, they will need to be fertilizer at least once a week. I recommend Real Growers Recharge Microbial Blend: https://amzn.to/3c30KPc . It works wonders for making plants quadruple in growth and the blend of microbes makes any soil more nutritious instantly.
Lastly, peppers should be harvested with a sharp knife and the seeds should be collected and stored for new plants.
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Have you harvested peppers indoors or from seeds? What are some tips or advice you have for readers? Thanks!