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Pepper (Capsicum anuum)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Like their close relatives, the chilli peppers, sweet peppers are not an easy crop for the novice. However, for adding crisp sweetness to salads, and colour to stir-fries, as well as because they are attractive crop, they are well worth persevering with.

While they can grow well outside the greenhouse, they need fertile soil, plenty of sun and shelter from wind.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH6.0 - 6.5
Manure
Previous cropdislike
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Opendislike
Shelteredprefer

Outdoors

sow indoors sow indoors

Plant two seeds in a pot or module and cover lightly with compost. Germinate in a heated propagator at between 18 and 21°C and thin to the strongest seedling. When seedlings are large enough to handle (with three leaves), transplant into 7.5cm pots, keeping warm until around two weeks before planting out when they should be hardened off gradually. At the same time, cover the planting site with cloches to warm up the soil.


plant plant

Between plants: 45cm
Between rows: 60cm

Transplant into previously warmed ground under cloches once all risk of frost has passed. Plants will need supporting with horizontal wires or stakes, especially once fruit begin to form. Regular misting with water will discourage spider mite and encourage fruit setting.


harvest harvest

Picking fruit when green will encourage more fruit but they will be sweeter if there is time and warmth to leave them to ripen to red on the plant.


Under glass

sow indoors sow indoors

Plant two seeds in a pot or module and cover lightly with compost. Germinate in a heated propagator at between 18 and 21°C and thin to the strongest seedling. When seedlings are large enough to handle (with three leaves), transplant into 7.5cm pots, keeping warm.


plant plant

Between plants: 45cm
Between rows: 45cm

Pot on into 23cm pots or three to a growing bag. Transplant into previously warmed ground under cloches once all risk of frost has passed. Plants will need supporting with horizontal wires or stakes, especially once fruit begin to form. Keep well-watered and mist regularly with water to discourage spider mite and encourage fruit setting.


harvest harvest

Picking fruit when green will encourage more fruit but they will be sweeter if left to ripen to red on the plant, which is much easier to achieve under glass.


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