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How to Grow Peppers

by on March 28, 2012

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Some like it hot, some like it sweet. Luckily there is a pepper to suit everyone’s taste and they are extraordinarily easy to grow.Pepper plants don’t require a lot of time or attention to maintain. Just give them adequate sunlight and moisture and they will do their job providing you with fresh peppers throughout the entire season.
AT A GLANCE: PEPPERS
Temp Range: 55 – 85 degrees F
Seed to Plate: 75 days
Light Needs: min. 4-6 hours of full sun
How Much to Grow Per Person: 1 plant per person
Average Space Needs: 1 plant / 1 Square Foot
Water Needs: moist, well drained soil
Soil pH: slightly acid, 6.0 –6.5

You will often see peppers and tomatoes lumped together in growing guides, and that is with good reason. The care and maintenance of both plants is very similar, as are their needs for warm weather, moisture and plenty of sunlight. If you are starting peppers from seed, you would do well to start them (in a soilless seed starting medium) along with tomato seeds about 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. They will be ready to begin the hardening off process in preparation for planting in that time.

Pepper plants will not bode well in cool temps below 50 degrees, so if you experience a late season cold snap, consider covering pepper plants loosely to protect them from the cold. This is really only necessary if temps are expected to go well below 50 and stay there for more than a few hours.

Finally, a word of caution about the hot pepper varieties: It has been my experience that tomatoes planted close to hot pepper plants can cross-pollinate and often take on a bit of heat themselves. The same applies for hot peppers planted alongside sweet peppers.  Plan you garden plantings accordingly.

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Beth Jones March 29, 2012 at 3:36 AM

OH MAN! Gosh that little last bit of info was timely! I was planning on putting my tomatoes, banana peppers and jalapeno peppers right beside each other! Thanks for saving me on that.

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