Tips for Growing Bell Peppers
Most households all over the world are using bell peppers in cooking foods. Likewise, growing it is not difficult as long as you know some tips and tricks of growing.
You can grow this vegetable in your garden or even in pots.
Bell peppers have rich history that originated from North and Central America. The initial color at an early phase is green but when it is fully developed it turns into colors like orange, red and others. Likewise, the taste and texture of the pepper also change as it develops. If you are living in a place with warm or hotter climates, most likely you can easily grow it.
How to Grow Bell Peppers?
- The first thing to do is find pepper seeds from a farm house. Before planting the seeds outside, it should be planted first in a pot for the germination process that usually takes place within eight days. Wait for the first set of leaves to appear before planting the seeds outside.
- Prepare the land where you will plant the seeds. As much as possible the soil should be damp and without stones. This means that you should dig and rake the location before planting the pepper seeds. After which you should apply fertilizers or manure.
- Make sure that the spacing should be 24” to 36” apart between the lines. Likewise, the seeds should be planted 18” to 24” apart from each other. See to it that the weather and temperature are favorable before transferring the seedlings from the pot to the garden. Do not transpose the seedlings outside if the climate is too cool.
- After planting the seedlings on the ground, the soil should be frequently mulched so that the moisture of the soil will be retained. Likewise, mulching can also prevent the weeds from emerging. Once the pepper starts to grow, you can apply fertilizer around the plant but make sure putting the fertilizer along with water six inches away from the plant. Frequent watering of the plant is needed during the entire growth process.
- Bell peppers should be harvested only once they are matured that will take 70 to 90 days. Reap the pepper once they grow in a palatable size and mature enough. However, you can also harvest young pepper that is color green. When harvesting you should use scissors or knife instead of pulling off from the plant.
Moreover, if you want to grow it in your backyard make sure not to plant tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes simultaneously. In this way, plant diseases can be prevented and ensure to use organic insecticides in eradicating insects from infesting the plant. In addition, do not apply too much nitrogen into the plant otherwise it will produce minimum peppers.