Growing Peppers 101: Know More and Grow Better


| 2/8/2018 11:02:00 AM


Beautiful Roasting Peppers

Growing peppers seems to come naturally for some gardeners, while others always seem to struggle. Sometimes this stems from easily-avoided mistakes or accepting certain myths or misinformation as correct.

Today we’re looking at the basics of growing peppers in your home garden and some mistakes and myths to be aware of and avoid. You might look at this as a how-not-to guide because occasionally it’s just easier showing what not to do than describing and explaining the right way. Plus, seeing other’s mistakes sometimes sinks in faster.

These are our observations from our 20+ years of gardening experience combined with the past 10 years of gardening questions we’ve answered.

Conditions

The initial conditions you choose are critical to sprouting, transplanting and growing success, no matter what seed you are planting. Here are some things to consider as you grow your peppers this season.

Starting Seeds

Pepper seed germination – even under optimum conditions – is often slow and erratic. Don’t compare your tomato seed germination with peppers and think they aren’t performing as they should.



Tomatoes can sprout in 3 – 5 days in ideal conditions, while peppers might take 14 to 21 days. This is normal, be patient, and don’t worry!

elee
2/16/2018 11:06:15 AM

Would much welcome a followup recommending (1) techniques and (2) strains, for growing hot peppers in temperate zones. Thanks & much appreciate this column.






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