Peppers are amazing vegetables that add crunch to a salad, flavour to stews and colour to stir fry’s. Peppers come in a variety of colours – green, yellow and red/orange. Green peppers are immature peppers – if you leave them on the plant they get sweeter and change colour to become Red or Yellow depending on the variety you have. Here are a few tips on how to grow Peppers…
What peppers need to grow…
– Loamy soil (mix some compost into the site you wish to use, but not nitrogen rich compost as this will cause the peppers to grow too quickly and be more susceptible to diseases)
How to plant Peppers…
– Place the seeds 12 inches apart. Peppers grow into large bushes and need space – do not plant them on top of one another.
– Water well
– Stake or cage the peppers as they grow so that the stems do not break in strong winds or due to being overloaded with heavy fruit.
– You may pick the fruit when they are green however if you leave them on the plant longer they will change colour and become sweeter – it depends how impatient you are 🙂
As difficult as it might be for you, pinch off any early blossoms that appear on your pepper plants. This won’t harm the plants. In fact, it helps them direct their energy into growing, so you get lots of large fruits later in the season (and a higher overall yield) instead of just a few small fruits early on.