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Growing Peppers

  • Seed Peppers indoor end of February, or first days of March. Put 3-4 seeds in every pot.  It's advisable to plant seeds in bigger pot from the start - as peppers are very sensitive to multiple transplantations.
  • Put tray with pots on sunny warm spot close to window. Make sure roots never got cold - even at night. 
  • Germination usually takes 10-14 days. After germination remove week plants, leave 2 strong plans in each pot. They do much better in pairs.
  • Add organic fertilizer to the spot where you plant grow pepper 2 weeks before transplanting and work it well into the soil
  • Transplant peppers outdoors after all frost danger is over,  2 feet spacing between the pots (do not separate the pair that grows in each pot). Young plants feel much better when transplanted in a evening or cloudy day. On the day of transplanting water the seedlings well.
  • Check the soil often for couple of weeks or until the new transplants start showing the signs of new grows. Keep the soil moist, but not soaked.
  • I recommend to put mulch around the stems to eliminate weeds, 3-4 inches of wood chips or grass clippings will do the trick and will add some more organic matter to the soil.
  • Pepper plants normally do not need any additional support (like tomatoes do), their stems are woody and perfectly endure the load of ripen fruits.
  • Pick peppers when they reach maturity and you like the size and color of fruits. The longer fruits are left on the plant the more vitamins they accumulate. The color may change as well from dark green to red or yellow depending on variety.  

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