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Bell peppers are surprisingly easy to grow and don't require a lot of space to produce a good harvest. This is a guide about how to grow gorgeous bell peppers.
If you put a couple of matchsticks in the hole before you put your pepper plant in, you will be providing the plant with phosphorus, and you will get a more robust plant.
When you are new to gardening it can be confusing knowing just when to harvest your produce. This is a guide about, "When are bell peppers ready to pick?".
When I first started growing peppers, they were very thin walled, so thin walled that when just picking one, my fingers would break the walls. They were also very bitter.
I remember my aunt placing matches in the holes with the roots to correct this problem. It needs to be the paper matches, since the wooden ones will mold. This really works. It also makes hot peppers even hotter by raising the acid level of the dirt only in that area and not killing surrounding plants.
By Rosemarie from Corning, NY
I recently tried planting seeds from a green pepper, and lo and behold, it worked! I have sproutlings. I will let you know if they produce.
When we plant green pepper plants, my husband always places 2 or 3 book matches in the bottom of the hole before planting. It must be the sulfur in the match heads, but whatever it is, the difference is amazing.
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My plants were looking great and still do. I had 2 peppers, but both of them tuned brown and mushy on the bottom. I went ahead and threw them out.
Any ideas, they get regular watering daily and get full sun.
By Janice S
It sounds like blossom end rot. The rot is caused by calcium deficiency in the plant. Over-watering, too much nitrogen or low calcium in the soil can be to blame. I have read adding lime to the soil can help, though I'm not sure when or how much.
I have to agree with blossom end rot. Do NOT water them every day. That is way to much water for a pepper plant. Also add some calcium to your soil. IE: crushed egg shells will do nicely here, and is a cheap solution.
Pepper blossom end rot is caused simply by a calcium deficiency in the pepper plant. Calcium is needed by the plant to help form the cell walls of the pepper fruit. If the plant is lacking calcium or if the pepper fruit grow too fast for the plant to supply enough calcium, the bottom of the pepper begins to rot, because the cell walls are literally collapsing.
The calcium deficiency in the plant that causes pepper blossom end rot is commonly caused by one of the following:
A lack of calcium in the soil
Periods of drought followed by large amounts of water
In the long term, adding eggshells, small amounts of lime, gypsum or bone meal to the soil will help improve the levels of calcium and will help you avoid pepper blossom end rot in the future.
My red pepper plants just decided to wilt this week. They have plenty of water, sun, and warmth. I have blight is on nearby tomato plants. Will the baking soda, 2 tablespoons to a quart of water take care of both?
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By loisv52 from Port Clinton, OH
Some times cut worms cut the roots of pepper, if so it will die. You can do research online on "how to grow pepper", maybe that will help you, good luck.
Have you fertilized the little darlings? Peppers and tomatoes are both heavy feeders.
Blight on the tomatoes will not go away with a little baking soda, sad to say. It's rampant here too with all the rain we've had. The only thing is to poison the tomato plants. Copper sulphite. It works if it stops raining long enough. Use rubber gloves to trash any infected leaves and throw in the garbage. Do not burn or compost these leaves. The spores remain. Next year plant tomatoes in another area of your garden. I've planted the tiny tomatoes on my porch in container gardens and they are doing much better than the large ones in the ground which are dying because of the blight and I refuse to use a lot of poisons.
By Juliekaylee from Oroville, CA
There is a guy in your city/county offices that can tell you what is wrong. I think his title is "agricultural" something or other. You could also try a local nursery or someone in your area that has been gardening for a long time. It may be something in the soil that needs to be treated with an additional nutrient. So it may have nothing to do with your watering at all. But whom ever you go to talk to take a picture with you or better yet a piece of leaf.
I am starting my first veggie garden. I would like tips on growing green, red, and yellow peppers.
Hardiness Zone: 8b
One year I planted sweet corn in a square and planted the bell peppers inside the square and watered and watered. The peppers seemed to like the water and the shade. I would recommend a mulch to hold the moisture, but the peppers do like the water and the heat and the light shade.
My girfriend swears by epsoms salt to grow her peppers nice and big. This year I am going to try it.
I would say start with a small amount like a teaspoon spread around the perimeter of the plant but not on it or too close to it.
Good Luck and hope you have a great pepper crop this year.
One of my bell pepper plants got too much water from all the rain and now it's wilted. Will it come back or what can I do? They are in five gallon buckets and yes they have holes in them.
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Patrick from Pensacola, FL
Sounds like it might be blight, which is a fungal infection that can spread quickly when the weather is wet. Remove the affected leaves from the garden and treat with a fungicide. That might not save them, but it is worth a try.
When are bell peppers ready to pick?
By ouida (WEE-DA)
You can pick them when they are green or wait until they turn red. They are supposed to be sweeter when red, but you have to leave them on the vine quite a while for that to happen, which means you will get less peppers unless you pick them when green.
I want to make sure the green peppers have grown as large as they are going to grow, so as soon as I see a patch of red on them, that is when I pick them.
I am looking for the best bell pepper growing tips. Mine just do not want to grow well. I have tried to grow sweet (bell) peppers for years. Most years I get none at all, this year I got about 6, all at once. Is this normal for this plant? I like the red and orange ones. The green ones give me indigestion, so the waiting for them to ripen is very difficult.
By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA
They love magnesium. When you plant your peppers, put some Epsom salts in the hole where they are planted. Epsom salts are full of magnesium. Also put a couple of teaspoons in a spray bottle and then fill with water. When the plants begin to bloom, shake the bottle and spray your blooms a few times a week. You should have beautiful big peppers.
My bell pepper plants don't ever seem to grow more than a foot tall and do not give me more than one puny pepper. I water it regularly. What am I doing wrong?
I have one very nice bell pepper about 5 inches long, and the very end or tip is turning black. Any idea why?
By Tamara K.
Do peppers like lime and Epsom salts?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By Robert from Brunswick, OH
Can I grow a single red bell pepper in a pot, or do I need to have twp plants for pollination?
By Ginny from Henderson, TN
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This is a picture of our very first successful green pepper.
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Wow, you are way ahead of us.
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Does any one have a picture of what green bell peppers look like when they are growing? What does the plant look like?
Hardiness Zone: 9b
By Mickey M from Tucson, AZ
Hope this helps. GG Vi (09/24/2010)