Organic Pest Control For Your Bell Pepper Plant
Growing bell pepper plants can be a fun project, especially if you're into organic gardening. Peppers are a wonderful addition to a garden because they don't take up a lot of space, so you can always place them in between other plants. They even grow nicely in containers or planters. Peppers come in a wide range of colors, including green, red, orange, and yellow. Of course, if you get into heirloom varieties of peppers there are other colors, such as purple, black, blue, white, and even brown.
Organic Pest Control
If you want to grow bell peppers organically, it's quite easy. Just follow a few simple rules and you shouldn't have a problem dealing with pests and diseases.
Pests such as aphids, whiteflies, and red spider mites are problematic for bell pepper plants. There are a number of different solutions to deal with these pests. You can get rid of aphids and whiteflies with derris or fatty acid sprays. Another option is to add plants to your garden that naturally deter pests, such as marigolds.
If you're growing the bell peppers in a greenhouse, keep the air humid to fend off spider mites. It's also possible to control bell pepper pests with natural predators, such as Phytoseiulus persimilis. Predators only work well for pest control if they are used in an enclosed space, so use a net curtain to cover the plants if this is the method you prefer.
Homemade organic pesticides are a good alternative to chemicals. Soap spray works well, and all it contains is soap and water. Simply make a mixture of soap and water, and spray or pour it directly over the plants. Of course, this is an inexpensive form of pest control, as soap and water are easily found around the house. If you use natural soap, this solution is safe for the environment as well.
Commercial organic pesticides use natural ingredients as well, and work similar to chemical pesticides in that you apply them to the plants to control pests and weeds. However, buying these products can be expensive, so it's usually easier on the wallet to make your own pesticides.