Planting Bell Pepper Seeds Planting Bell Pepper Seeds
Planting bell pepper seeds isn’t difficult as these plants grow quite well in the temperate climate of the US. The seeds don’t take a long time to germinate. By using the right planting methods, you can ensure that you get good bell pepper crops to add to your garden.
Step 1: Pick the Location
Find a safe place for the seeds to grow. They will need plenty of sun and room to grow. Break and turn the soil then mulch before planting.
Step 2: Plant the Seeds
Plant the rows should be about 6 inches apart at about ¼-inch to ¾-inches deep. It is acceptable to put about 6 to 10 seeds per foot of row. If these come out too thick, you can thin them out. You will want them to be about 6 inches apart. If they are crowded, they might not grow as high.
Step 3: Add Water
Water them regularly. Do not water them during the heat of the day. The evening is of the best time to water being sure not to over soak the ground. The ground should be moist, but not do not leave standing water around the base of the plant, as this can invite rotting and disease.
Step 4: Keep the Pests Away
Watch the leaves for pests. As soon as they bud they will become of interest to slugs, beetles and aphids. Use mild insecticide soap when necessary to drive pests away. Be sure to wash the underside of leaves as well.
Step 5: Eliminate Other Nuisances
Thin out dead or mildew looking plants along with any that do not grow at the rate of the other plants. There is a chance these are sick plants, or they have some other condition and they might expose the other plants. It is best to get them out of the garden as soon as possible.
Step 6: Harvesting Your Crop
The plants should grow up to two feet. Depending on how you like the peppers to taste you might not want the plant to reach its full height. They do not have the sharpest taste when fully grown. When the plant is tall enough and the peppers have a darker shade they can be harvested. Remember not to pull the entire plant up at one time. The bush might still have more peppers to give you for several months.
Enemies of the bell pepper are the European corn borer which is native to Europe. This is a larvae pest that should be watched carefully. Slugs also like to feed off the leaves of this plant. To rid the garden of these little problems apply insecticide that covers the stem to the pepper.
The Bell Pepper as a Treat
These plants should continue to grow until late fall if you only pull up those you are ready to harvest at a time. There is nothing like a salad made from fresh vegetables. Green peppers go great with salads, soups and can even be cut for pizzas.