Planting Pepper: Growing Garden Pepper Plants

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Peppers are native to several different parts of the world, including Central and North America, Thailand, China and some other parts of Asia as well. Peppers or capsicums (as they are known in some parts of the world) are enjoyed by everyone in a variety of dishes. Hot and not-so-hot peppers are both equally enjoyable in various sorts of foods and for a gardener, growing peppers is easy and in fact is one of the most common home gardening plants.

Grow Pepper Plants – Choose The Right Variety

Bell peppers are not the only type of peppers so if you are interested in planting peppers, you should know about the varieties of peppers available and choose the right one to grow in your garden. If you would like to grow peppers, these are some of our recommendations:

Hot Peppers

  • Cayenne
  • Red Chili
  • Jalapeno

Salad Peppers

  • Sweet Banana
  • Gypsy

Hybrid Bell Peppers

  • Lady Bell
  • Bell Boy
  • Purple Bell
  • Chocolate Bell

Unlike previous generations of gardeners, the current generation interested in growing garden peppers has more than just the ordinary green variety available to them. If you are growing pepper plants, depending on what type of garden pepper you choose, you will find a plethora of colors including but not limited to yellow, red, orange and even purple.

When To Grow Pepper Plants

Winter is the best time to start growing pepper plants. Even if your part of the country gets very cold, you can grow peppers indoors to start out with and once spring sets in, you can transplant the peppers outside to your garden. Warm weather is perfect for planting pepper because the cold and frost and wet soil do not help when growing garden peppers. Temperatures above 50 – 55 degree Fahrenheit are best. If it is colder, then start by growing pepper plants indoors.

Pepper Gardening Tips

When planting pepper outside in the garden or transplanting from pots into your garden you must ensure the garden peppers are properly spaced to allow them to grow to their maximum potential. If you are planting peppers in a row, place them at least 18 to 24 inches apart. If you are aiming for a scattered growth, then a distance of 14 to 18 inches is more than enough.

As far as soil is concerned, you must choose garden soil with proper drainage to grow peppers. Fertile, well moisturized soil is ideal. If your region is prone to dry weather and dry winds, make sure the soil does not dry out and keep it well irrigated or your pepper plants may become dehydrated plants and die.

Harvesting Garden Pepper Plants

If you are a newbie gardener, planting pepper is ideal because you do not need any real expertise and even harvesting garden pepper plants is very easy. Garden peppers do not really need to grow to any particular size. Bell peppers are usually mature when they are about 3 to 4 inches long and firm.

Before you pick the garden peppers, make sure they are firm and break away easily from the pepper plant. If they do not, the garden pepper plants are not mature enough. If you ar growing a hot a variety of pepper, as an added precaution you might want to wear gloves when picking the peppers because your skin might become irritated.

Planting peppers is easy and convenient and garden peppers not only add color to your garden but are also very handy because you can use them for cooking.