How Do You Grow Peppers?


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Grow peppers by starting the seeds early, choosing a sunny location, preparing the soil, transplanting the pepper plants, mulching the plants, watering the plants and fertilizing the plants when necessary. You need pepper seeds, potting soil, pots, a trowel, compost, mulch, fertilizer and match sticks.

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  1. Start the seeds early

    Because bell peppers are warm weather plants, start the seeds indoors as early as 10 weeks before the last frost to get a head start. Place the seeds in a pot with potting soil, and water them regularly.

  2. Choose a good location

    Choose a good permanent location for the seedlings where they can have full sun exposure. The site needs to have loamy, well-drained soil.

  3. Prepare the soil

    Mix a thick layer of compost into the top several inches of soil. Wait a week before planting the seedlings in the prepared soil.

  4. Transplant the peppers

    Dig a hole, and place a seedling in it along with 1 teaspoon of fertilizer and three matchsticks, which encourages growth.

  5. Mulch the plants

    Spread a layer of mulch around the plants to keep the soil moist.

  6. Water the plants

    Give the plants 1 to 2 inches of water per week.

  7. Fertilize the plants

    Fertilize the plants after they begin to grow fruit.

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