HOW TO PLANT BELL PEPPER?
In most cases, we recommend starting seeds indoors rather than in the garden. However, if you live in a warm, frost-free area, peppers may be direct-seeded in the garden. The soil temperature should be at least 70°F (21°C) for optimal seed germination, so keep them in a warm area for the best and fastest results. Use a heat pad under the seed tray, if necessary. Plant seeds about ¼-inch deep (or refer to the seed packet).
HOW TO CARE BELL PEPPER PLANT?
Soil should be well draining, but be sure to maintain adequate moisture either with mulch or plastic covering. Read more about using mulch. Water one to two inches per square foot per week, but remember that sweet peppers are extremely heat sensitive. They are also susceptible to blossom-end rot if watering is not adequate. If you live in a warm or desert climate, or are simply experiencing a hot, dry summer, watering everyday may be necessary. Fertilize with a low-nitrogen fertilizer after the first fruit set. (Too much nitrogen can cause the plant to produce foliage instead of flowers and fruit) Weed carefully around plants to avoid disturbing roots. If necessary, support plants with cages or stakes to prevent bending. Try commercially available cone-shaped wire tomato cages.