Peppers come in a large variety of types, from sweet bell peppers in a mixture of colors to hot chili peppers. Knowing a few important factors about pepper plants will help you successfully grow peppers in your garden.
Peppers grow best in soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8. Soil should be well draining and fertilized as needed.
Peppers can be grown from seeds indoors at the end of winter. Plant peppers outside after the last sign of frost.
Pepper plants require 1 to 1½ feet of space in between plants. Space rows 3 feet apart.
Prevent weeds from growing around your pepper plants. Remove weeds by hand or use a hoe to carefully cultivate top layer of soil.
Pepper plants should not be allowed to become dry. Supply water as needed during dry periods and add mulch around plants to maintain moisture.
- Ohio State University Fact Sheet: Growing Peppers in the Home Garden
- University of Illinois: Watch Your Garden Grow - Peppers
- Texas A&M Extension: Easy Gardening Peppers
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