Growing peppers is easy, and doesn’t require much work. Whether you grow them in pots or in your garden, pepper plant care is the same. Follow these easy tips for how to grow peppers, and you’ll have your biggest and best harvest ever!
When it comes to growing vegetables, peppers are a must for me! I grow several varieties every year both in my garden and in containers.
Every time I share a photo of my pepper harvests on social media, people always ask “How do you grow such big peppers?“.
I’ve been growing peppers in my z4b garden for years. And over the years I have learned lots of tricks for growing amazing peppers. So below, I’m going to share my best tips with you.
Tips For Growing Peppers
If you follow these pepper plant care tips, you’re sure to have the largest and the best harvest you’ve ever had! These work for all types of pepper plants too.
So, it doesn’t matter if you want to grow mild varieties, like banana or bell peppers, or hot peppers like cayenne, jalapeno, or habanero.
Here are my secrets for how to grow pepper plants. Be sure to follow all of them for best results…
1. Peppers Require Full Sun
Peppers need full sun to grow and produce their best, and the more sun the better. Though they will tolerate growing in partial shade, you will get a much smaller harvest that way.
Ideally, you should grow peppers where they will receive more than 8 hours of full sunshine. But they will still perform well in a location that gets a minimum of 6 hours of full sun during the peak hours of the day.
If your yard is pretty shady, then choose a spot where they’ll be in the sun during the afternoon when the it’s the most intense.
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2. Peppers Like The Heat
Pepper plants like it hot, and grow their best in warm conditions. Cool temperatures will slow their growth, and they will not tolerate frost.
So, it’s best to wait until the temperature has warmed up before planting peppers in the spring. It’s safe to plant them once the nighttime temps are consistency above 50F, and all chance of frost is gone.
3. Fertilizing Pepper Plants
Peppers love being fed during their active growing season. Fertilizing peppers will help them grow faster, and produce larger fruits. A rich, organic fertilizer is the best type to use for growing peppers.
It’s also good to feed your peppers every few weeks using an organic liquid fertilizer. I recommend fish emulsion for pepper plants, or compost tea (which you can buy as concentrate, or brew your own with compost tea bags).
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4. Watering Pepper Plants
Keep your plants on the dry side, peppers will not tolerate having wet feet for very long. Allow the soil to dry between waterings, but never to the point where the plant starts drooping.
It’s also very important to give your peppers a consistent amount of water. Inconsistent watering can stunt their growth, slow down pepper production, and is a contributing factor for blossom end rot.
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5. Pruning Pepper Plants
Pepper plants are generally very low maintenance, and don’t require much pruning. But they will produce larger peppers if you pinch off some of the flower buds once the plant starts producing.
Also, like tomatoes, peppers will produce more fruit when you regularly prune the suckers. This is the extra growth between the leaf and stem joints.
6. Best Soil For Peppers
The best soil for pepper plants is fast draining (in pots use a well draining mix). They don’t like soggy soil, and too much water can cause issues like mildew and rotting, or even stunt their growth.
They also grow best in alkaline soil, and will suffer if it’s too acidic. If the leaves are turning yellow, or your pepper plants aren’t growing, it’s a sure sign that the soil is too acidic.
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Growing peppers is easy when you know the secrets. And now that you know how to grow great peppers, you’ll have your best growing season yet. Follow these tips, and soon people will be asking YOU how to grow big peppers!
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