Bell peppers (Capsicum Annuum) will be an essential element of your vegetable garden. Learn how to grow bell peppers so you can have them fresh!
Red and green peppers both provide vitamin C, some vitamins A, as well as small amounts of many minerals. Bell peppers are a versatile warm-weather crop.
They can be eaten raw or as a snack with dips like hummus or salsa. You could also prepare stuffed peppers. Sweet bell pepper plants that are sweet and crunchy lack capsaicin. This active component is what gives them heat.
Bell peppers aren’t the easiest fruit, but they can be very rewarding to grow. Consider growing your bell peppers yourself if your family enjoys eating a lot. There are two options: you can plant bell peppers from seeds, or you can buy transplants. You will soon enjoy delicious, homegrown bell peppers that you are proud of. You can freeze them after the season and enjoy them in your winter meals.
Before we get into details about growing bell peppers, you must understand the basics.
What Are Bell Peppers?
It is believed that the capsicum pepper plant is part of the nightshade family. This group includes more than 2300 species, including tomatoes, eggplants, and potatoes. Peppers have a wide range of sizes and colors. This makes them one of many foods used in many different cuisines.
Bell peppers are known for their smooth outer skin, protecting the juicy, crunchy flesh. The hollow fruit contains many seeds, which cluster in the center. These seeds cling to the white membrane. Part of the Capsicum group includes the gamut chili pepper species jalapenos and serrano peppers — bell peppers don’t contain capsaicin. Capsaicin is the compound responsible for heat and spice.
The more you allow your bell Peppers to mature, the higher the vitamin C levels will be. Red bell peppers with full maturation have a sweeter flavor.
Types of Peppers
Have you ever wondered if red and green bell peppers are made from different plants? They are the same peppers, but they have different maturation stages. They will turn bright red when young, but once they have matured enough, their full color will become a deep, bright crimson-red. Peppers are resistant to pests, but you might want to choose resistant varieties so that your pepper-growing experience is smooth. These are some of the most desirable species:
Baby Bells or Snack Peppers
These are ideal for northern climates, where large peppers might have a tough time maturing.
. Sweet /Lunchbox Orange Peppers
There are many types of sweet peppers. There are many shapes and colors available for sweet peppers: the classic hearty bell shape, small, blocky mini bell peppers, or snack-sized “lunchbox,” as well as elongated, horned horns.
The tiny organic bell peppers make perfect for salads and snacks. These tasty peppers measure 3-4″ long and 1″ large. The plants are strong and tall with large yields.
This adorable, young tiny bell is super cute! The squishy fruit measures 2″ in size. and 1.75″ by 1.75″ in dimension. When they’re fully mature and sweet, they taste delicious. Bell peppers are all green and tangy in color. They become sweeter and honey-colored as they age. The huge plants grow prolifically to shield the fruits from sunscald. Fifty-five days until maturation for green peppers, while 75 for the red.
· Eros / Orange peppers
This golden mini bell, which is just beginning to ripen, is a snack-sized bell that is adorable. Peppers may mature to the color of fiery orange or canary yellow following the variety they have. The leaves are huge and strong, with many leaves to guard against sunscald 55 days until maturity for green leaves and 75 days for yellow when ripe.
You can grow one type of bell pepper plant, or you want to test your gardening skills with a pepper package. But you need to know the basics of growing healthy and thriving plants.
Green vs. Colored
In northern climates with shorter seasons, it is harder to mature the peppers when there are not enough warm days. You may usually have a lot of green bell peppers if they aren’t planted early enough or given enough warmth.
A lot of people don’t know that bell peppers with green color are, in fact, unripe fruit. They are therefore less expensive and more neutrally flavored than red, yellow, or orange-red bells. When the pepper is ripe within the plant, it changes between orange, yellow, and eventually red (unless the breed is specially bred to yield a different color such as purple).
Since red bells are maturing on the plant longest, they have the highest nutrients and contain nearly 11 times the beta-carotene content and 1.5 times more vitamin C than the green varieties.
How Do You Grow Bell Peppers?
It would help if you planted peppers in full sunlight and well-draining moist, but not wet, soil. A balance between loamy and sandy soils will help the soil heat up quickly and drain well. Include large quantities in organic material, for example, compost, into your soil, if you are working with clay. For peppers to be planted successfully:
How To Grow
It is vital to pick the right time to grow Sweet Bell Peppers. These heat-loving vegetables are native to South and Central America. Although peppers can grow to be perennials in their native areas and other tropical climates, they can also thrive in hotter regions. Bell peppers have an extended growing season. The seeds can be started indoors up to two months before their last spring frost date.
American peppers are grown as warm-season annuals. We move them outdoors in the summer sunshine after nighttime and when the soil temperatures rise above 50°F.
It is best not to freeze until all dangers of frosty temperatures have passed. This will prevent any potential cold damage. Peppers will tolerate temperatures above 50 degrees but fare better under temperatures over 75 degrees.
Planting Indoor with Seed In Container
If your area isn’t the best for peppers, germinating the seeds indoors is recommended.
- The seeds require heat from your home to sprout.
- The tray needs to contain seeds or soil that is well-drained
- Plant the seeds of your bell pepper about a quarter inch in depth. You can place up to three seeds into each pot.
- Make sure your seeds are kept in temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees F (21-32 C.) – the higher the temperature, the better.
- The tray can be covered by wrapping it in plastic.
- After about a week of germination, your bell pepper seedlings will have sprouted.
- If your plants grow just a few inches tall, you can gently plant them in separate pots.
- When the weather gets warmer, it is possible to introduce the plants to the outside by hardening the seeds off and then spreading them outside during the day for a short time.
- This, together with a bit of fertilizer now and then, will help strengthen them to help prepare for the garden.
- If the temperature of your garden soil is at or above 65°F (nighttime temperatures must be at or below 60°F), the bell peppers are ready for transplant.
- When your plants grow to around eight inches in height (20 cm. ), they can be moved into the backyard. Then, they are ready to transplant outside.
- Young plants should be buried in draining soil, so the rootball is fully covered. Carefully weed around plants to ensure that roots are not disturbed.
- Space peppers are placed 9-12″ apart, in rows of 24 to 36″ apart, based on the kind of pepper. If you plant them too close together, they could be stressed by the pressure on space, nutrients, and water, resulting in less robust plants.
- Mulch is an excellent method of keeping moist soil and deterring the growth of weeds.
- They’ll flourish in soil that has an acidity of 6.5 to 7.
- The leaves of the seedling can rest on top.
Avoid Planting With:
Brassicas (cabbage-family crops prefer pH of soils that are alkaline in the range of 6.5 and 7.0, while Solanum pepper-family crop species prefer soil pH that is acidic in the range of 5.5 to 6.5)
- Corn(shades out peppers with low growth)
- Fennel(stunt growth)
See Ultimate Guide To Companion Planting.
As with many other commonly grown vegetables, bell peppers succeed if their nutritional requirements are fulfilled. The number of minerals within the soil can affect the condition of the pepper plants. Also, be aware of the soil acidity (alkalinity) (pH). Most nutrients are available to pepper plants within an alkaline pH range between 6.5 and 7.0. If your soil’s pH is acidic or too alkaline, plants may not be able to access the nutrients present in the soil. This is why conducting a soil test before grabbing the fertilizer bag is crucial.
The process begins by finding the perfect location. Peppers require sun for proper growth, which means at least an hour of sunlight daily. If the only place with sufficient sunlight is one with less-than-ideal soil conditions, it’s best to amend the soil or consider creating a raised garden bed or cultivating bell peppers in pots.
Bell peppers require deep irrigation, ranging from two inches every week. While bell peppers are an advocate of warmer temperatures, they don’t do well in extreme temperatures.
Therefore, gardeners living who live in areas that are susceptible to extreme temperatures should be watered twice every day if they are required. Dry conditions can lead to bitter peppers, and overwatering may cause root suffocation or result at the end of the flower rot that is a result of calcium deficiency in the soil has been reduced. Please pay attention to your watering habits to ensure they are as balanced as possible.
Mulching with a straw-like mulch chipped leaf, or a landscape fabric helps keep moisture while reducing pressure on weeds. Commercial farmers often grow bell peppers with plastic mulch to give extra heat. I wouldn’t say I like using mulch made from plastic due to the environmental impact and the risk of microplastics. Still, your choice is up to you, and it could aid in getting more early, higher-yielding peppers, especially if you reside in the colder regions of the world. There are various organic mulch options available to plant in your garden.
Use the suggestions in the soil analysis report (see “Do a soil test”) to determine what fertilizer to apply and the frequency at which you apply it. Be cautious not to use too many nitrogen fertilizers as it can cause more foliage growth, affecting fruit and flower development.
Pollination may be lessened in temperatures below 60 degrees (16°C) and over 90°F (32°C). Insufficient nitrogen in the soil could create healthy growth of the foliage. However, it can hinder the growth of fruit. The drop of flowers is due to high heat or extremely low humidity. Soak the soil in water and thoroughly mist the plants when the atmosphere is extremely dry.
Sweet bells are special as the decision to choose the bells is ultimately your choice.
If you enjoy the taste of pepper with a leaf, select a few when they’re big and have a thick flesh but not quite beginning to change hues of yellow, red, and orange (or purple! or even brown!). The peppers will be sweeter after you allow them to sit on the plants. They will also have the content of vitamin C increasing too.
Cut cleanly with scissors or knives that are sharp while harvesting, making sure not to fall over or cause damage to the plant. Don’t try to rip off any growing fruit or cause any harm.
Remove any dirt using a dry, clean cloth and place them in the crisper container for the production of your refrigerator for up to one week. Do not wash until you are prepared to use them because damp produce can become dry and start to rot fast when stored in your refrigerator.
Pest and Diseases
A plant bug with tarnished spots, also known as Lygus lineolaris, is a pesky insect found in the eastern and central United States and eastern parts of Canada. The bright green aphid-like adult nymphs and the green flying nymphs are equipped with teeth piercing that penetrates the plant’s tissues and then sucks their sugars, much like vampires. Spray these areas frequently when you notice an attack to make the conditions so hostile to the mites.
Aphids are known to attack everything in the garden, and peppers aren’t an exception! The best method to get rid of Aphids is to plant plenty of ladybug-attracting flowers like white alyssum or flowering cilantro. Also, you can apply a diluted neem spray to prevent and fight an infestation.
How to Store Peppers
Peppers can be kept refrigerated inside plastic baggies for as long as ten days after harvesting. Bell peppers may be stored for use later on. Find out how to freeze peppers.
The peppers are also dried. Preheat oven to 140 degrees F. Wash core, wash, and seed. Cut in 1/2-inch strips. Steam for about 10 minutes and then place on baking sheets. Cool, then place in containers or bags in the refrigerator.
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