Pepper is a vegetable plant with large and varied fruits and excellent flavor. Apart from being delicious, peppers abound with healthy vitamins and minerals that we need to preserve the health of the body. These are vitamin C, beta-carotene, dietary fiber, potassium, and zinc.
Pepper is most commonly used in salads, but some main dishes like stuffed peppers are also made from it. It fits well with garlic, onion, tomatoes, zucchini and similar vegetables.
The best-known and wide varieties of peppers are the bell peppers. They can vary in color from bright yellow to dark green. In this article, we will show you how to grow them at home.
How To Grow Bell Peppers In Your Garden
Bell peppers are actually very easy to plant. You will need pots which you should fill with moist soil. Then, place two to three bell pepper seeds in each pot. Once you’ve done that put the pots near a window because the peppers need warm and sunny. The bell seeds will sprout only at temperatures above 15 degrees.
When the seeds sprout and the plant begins to flourish, you should transfer them outside. When planting you need to leave space between each seedling about 24 inches because they need to stretch but also protect one another from the sun.
You should water this plant weekly with around 50 ml of water. Increase the amount of water if the weather is too hot and dry. Moreover, remember to water it at its base and not on the top where the leaves are.
After 2 weeks you can add a liquid fertilizer to stimulate their growth. The bell pepper plant is quite resistant to disease and pests. However, pay close attention to their leaves and stem. If you notice an infestation use a safe pesticide. Also, if you see weeds around your bell peppers remove them instantly.
Harvest your bell peppers when they reach the size and color that you like. Take a sharp knife and cut the pepper fruit approximately 2-7 cm for the stem. Don’t pull the pepper from the stem because you will damage the fruit and the plant. Keep the harvested bell peppers in the fridge and use them whenever you prepare a meal.