Peppers are a great vegetable for adding rich flavor to foods. From sweet to spicy there is literally a pepper for everyone. Frozen peppers make a great addition to the freezer, you can process them into a great salsa, Sweet peppers are a wonderful addition to a savory salad. Spicy peppers can give the chili a kick or be used to infuse flavor into the extra virgin olive oil.
Conditions needed for Peppers and potential yield
These plants really like it hot. They are the perfect addition to your full sun summer garden. A well cared for pepper plant that has grown to thrive and can produce until the first frost.
For a thriving plant provide a sandy loam soil that drains well and contains plenty of organic matter.
Pepper plants love warm weather. Start pepper seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost.
Pepper plants can yield dozens to even hundreds of peppers depending on variety.
diseases and pests
Peppers and companion planting
Peppers thankfully grow well with several other plants letting you maximize space. Plant peppers with:
Tips for more peppers from each plant.
These plants like heat so be sure to not plant until the night temp stays over 60, warm the ground with a black cover before planting.
Be sure to harden your plants off after starting indoors before planting.
Water, water, water. Much to help retain water and bus sure your peppers get at least an inch per week, more during hot times.
As difficult as it is, pinch off any early blossoms that appear on your pepper plants. This won’t harm the plants. It helps them direct their energy into growing, so you get lots of large fruits later in the season, instead of just a few small fruits early on.
To harvest, cut them off with hand pruners. Pulling them off by hand can damage the plant.