How to grow bell peppers in a pot
Today we will show you how to grow bell peppers in a pot! Growing bell peppers is super easy, so even if this is your first gardening project, you will have no problem succeeding. Growing bell peppers is also fun (especially in pots!), As the plants start to produce their vegetable crunch it looks absolutely wonderful.
Bell peppers prefer warm regions. In tropical places, they are short-lived perennials, while regions with cold temperatures are annual.
Bell peppers should be ready to harvest within 60-90 days after transplanting.
SEEDS OR PLANTS?
If you are new to gardening, we definitely recommend growing your bell pepper plant from an existing seedling that you can buy at your local nursery. If you are an experienced gardener, you can start growing your bell pepper plants from seed, although it is a little more difficult.
CHOOSE A POT:
When choosing a pot to plant your bell peppers, make sure it is at least 10-12 inches wide and deep, and that the pot is properly drained. You can plant 2-3 varieties of small plants in a pot, but if you are planting large bell peppers, plant one plant per pot.
If you choose seeds, try to buy good quality ones that are organic. If you’re going to grow your bell pepper plant from seed, it has to be the best seed you can get.
- Fill small pots or seedling containers with mixed seed soil.
- Sow 2 seeds in each space about 2-3 cm deep.
- Start the seeds 6-10 weeks before the date of the last frost. In subtropical and tropical climates, you can start the seed at any time except in the full and hot summer.
- Depending on weather conditions and seed quality, they will germinate within 1-3 weeks.
- Once they have germinated, reduce weak plants and leave only one in each space.
- Once the seedlings have two true leaves, they will be ready to transplant into the pots.
Let the bell pepper plant produce two true leaves before transplanting.
Transplant in a large pot, at least 10-12 inches deep and wide.
Fill the pot about 80% with mixed soil that is rich in organic.
Put your bell pepper plant in the middle and cover the pot with the rest of the soil, only up to the base of the plant.
You can also add manure or compost to accelerate its growth.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BROWN PEPPER PLANT
Sun: Sweet bell pepper plants love the sun and warmth, so be sure to place them in a sunny location that will get at least 6 hours of sun.
Temperature: Bell peppers can tolerate temperatures up to 95 F and as low as 50 F. The ideal temperature for growing is between 70-90 F.
Irrigation: Water your bell pepper plant regularly, and make sure the soil is always moisturized. Also do not water the leaves, but only the base of the plant, since the leaves the peppers can suffer fungal infections if they are watered.
Fertilization: Pepper plants, like tomato plants, are fed heavy, so if you want a healthy plant, fertilize every 15 days. Feed your bell pepper plant with tomato fertilizer and feed it with compost or manure tea every month.
Squeeze and Pruned: Pruning is not necessary, but if you squeeze the shoots regularly, to make your plant more lush.
Elimination of Wilted Flowers: It is very important to eliminate the withered flowers if they are growing very early. This will ensure the healthy and rapid growth of your plant. You are looking to grow bell peppers and not flowers after all.
Support: As your bell pepper plant grows, it may need support! Plant a few stakes on the ground and wrap the upper stem around it with strips.
Harvest: Your bell pepper plant should be ready to harvest around 60-90 days after transplanting. You can pick them green, or you can expect them to be yellow, orange, or red.
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