Bell peppers have always been a widely popular and well-loved vegetable to plan in the garden. Peppers are native to both Central America and the North American continent. Sweet green peppers are a perfect example of pepper that is not yet sufficiently mature. Let it evolve, and it will turn deep red. Not only will the pepper’s texture simply change but the flavor as well. Successfully developing and planting bell peppers is very simple and easy, and it will not take much of your time.
Gardening fans should plant the seeds eight weeks before the last frost using a two-inch-wide plant pot. You should add fertilizer and compost to the soil where you will plant the seeds. Do not graft the seedlings outside if the weather is still cold. Wait until the temperature reaches seventy to eighty-five degrees F before putting the bell pepper seedling in your backyard.
Don’t forget to plant your seedlings fifteen to twenty-two inches and in rows that are twenty-eight to thirty-nine inches apart. It would help if you watered the seeds regularly, especially during dry months. Bell peppers love wet soil, and they will taste bitter if they do not receive sufficient water. It would be best if you also remembered to place mulch around the seedlings to keep outcast weeds from growing around them and stealing the important moisture that is for the seedlings.
You can also utilize an organic insecticide to shield your seedlings from pests like those annoying spider mites. Harvest your bell pepper when they have reached a size that you can already eat. Aside from the color red, ripe peppers can be purple, yellow, and even orange. Clipping the bell pepper by their stem is the right way to harvest them.
Here are the steps to follow in order to grow bell peppers correctly:
- If your weather isn’t ideal for growing peppers (warm), germinating your seeds inside your home first is suggested.
- After a couple of weeks of perfect germination, your bell pepper seedlings should have ultimately sprouted and are ready for finally transplanting outside. However, bell peppers are particularly vulnerable to extreme transplant shock, and they’ll need to adapt to external conditions. About ten days before planting, tenderly introduce your seedlings to outside conditions for small amounts of time daily, steadily increasing the amount of time they spend outside, which will help them adjust better and prevent wilting or overly stunted growth, leading to healthy plants.
- When your backyard soil temperature has reached at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit, your bell peppers are ready to be shifted. Keep your seedlings 12 to 18 inches apart, and bury them in clean well-draining soil deep enough, so their root ball is covered but that the innocent seedling leaves can still hold on the top layer.
What else to know
It would help if you also remembered that the seeds take around a week to germinate. After the first seedling begins to grow, keep about two Tbsp. of fertilizer around each seedling and then slowly water it. This will enhance the overall yield and quality of your harvest. It can last for about three weeks if placed at forty-five to fifty-five degrees and a plentiful humidity amount.
It would help if you also shunned placing too much nitrogen because it will produce a big green plant with fewer peppers. Planting peppers is an effortless and enjoyable way of relaxing, particularly if you prepare first to know what you are doing and have more positive results.