Growing peppers from seed is the most cost-effective way to achieve a tasty harvest and, given good conditions for germination, we are confident that you will be delighted with the results. To help you achieve success we have put together some hints and tips for growing!
1: Sow your pepper seeds in pots
Sow your pepper seeds on top of moist compost in small pots or trays. Place them in a propagator for faster germination.
Don’t worry if you haven’t got a propagator – just put a clear plastic bag over the pot and secure it with a rubber band. Place on a sunny windowsill. Peppers like a temperature of 18-21 degrees Celsius but chillies prefer hotter 21-24 degrees Celsius.
2: Repot your germinated pepper seeds
Once the seed has germinated, remove it from the propagator or remove the plastic bag. Please on a light windowsill or bench in a heated greenhouse. When plants are large enough to handle, pot them on into 10cm pots. Keep the soil moist and warm.
3: Add plant supports for your growing plants
When plants reach 20cm tall, add a stake or small cane to support them as they grow. This will stop them leaning. At this stage, chilli plants can have their tips pinched out to encourage them to branch and produce more fruit.
4: Plant out your pepper plants
After the chance of frost has passed, plant in the greenhouse border, in growbags or in 22cm diameter containers. Add small canes for support as these will help to support the weight of the fruit. Feed with tomato food every two weeks when the flowers begin to form.
5: Harvest your ripe peppers
Once ripe, pick fruit regularly to encourage more to set. Harvest when green or red depending on the taste you would like to achieve. Chillies become hotter and sweet peppers sweeter as the red colour increases. Simply take some secateurs and cut just above the green stem leaving approx. 2.5cm (1″) at the top..
Top tip on growing peppers
As the plants begin to fruit, gradually remove more leaves to allow the light to reach the ripening fruit.
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