Tips for Growing Potted Bell Peppers

These great tips for growing potted bell peppers will improve cropping, includes fast-growing pepper varieties, planting and growing methods.

These tips for growing potted bell peppers will provide you with a bountiful crop.

These tips for growing potted bell peppers will provide you with a bountiful crop.

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Learn about these helpful tips for growing potted bell peppers to produce good cropping.

Tips for Growing Potted Bell Peppers

'Blushing Beauty,' an All America Selection winner in 2000, produces very high yields, even in containers. I planted five of them in the porous, organic soil in my garden and set five in containers filled with potting mix. Both the garden and potted peppers were fed with gradual-release, fish-meal pellets, incorporated into the growing media when the peppers were planted. I caged all plants, and it's a good thing I did. The container peppers grew so big and set so many fruit that the stems would have snapped without support. By season's end, the garden peppers averaged 12 fruit per plant. Their potted cousins averaged 17. One plant produced 24 large, fully ripe red bells. Two additional seasons with similar results have convinced me that 'Blushing Beauty' is an excellent choice for containers.

A multicolored pepper that can be harvested at several stages for the table or market, 'Blushing Beauty' starts out a greenish-ivory color, turns yellow, changes to a pinky blush, then to apricot, deepens to vivid red-orange and finally blooms to scarlet after 90 days.