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How to Grow Peppers

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How to grow peppers

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Learn how to grow peppers and it may become an addiction! This is especially true if you are prone to the vegetable gardening miracles.... Peppers come in all shapes, sizes, and degrees of tongue-tingling temperature. A pepper plant is an easy to grow, space-efficient shrub that rewards its caretaker with prolific bloom. In fact, the more peppers you pick, the more peppers your plant will produce. Additionally, peppers can be harvested and eaten or preserved long before they are fully mature. Finally, peppers are seldom bothered by pests and most cultivars have a high disease resistance. If you?re looking for easy gardening success, pepper plants are a dream come true!

Peppers are second only to the tomato in popular garden plants and like the tomato, for example green peppers can be grown in containers as well as in the traditional backyard garden. When you know how to grow peppers in containers, you add a splash of color to your patio or deck as well as some tang to your taste buds.

Buy pepper transplants from your local nursery for ease in learning how to grow peppers. However, one of the few weaknesses pepper plants have is a low frost tolerance. Plant peppers in your garden or put them out on the patio only after all danger of frost is past.

Originating in the tropical climate of Mexico, peppers have maintained their love of sun and warmth. Plant them in nutrient-rich soil amended with plenty of organic matter. Veterans that know how to grow peppers often support their plants with tomato cages or other holding device in anticipation of the large pepper crop their plants will produce.

Peter Piper may have ?picked? his peppers, but to preserve your plants it?s best to cut them from the stem with a sharp knife. Use this and the following tips and you?ll know how to grow peppers successfully:

1. Wear gloves when you handle ?hot? peppers. Capsaicin, which is the stuff that makes them hot, is contained between the ?ribs? of your peppers and is a formidable irritant to eyes and mucous membranes. Even when wearing gloves, always wash your hands after handling hot peppers!
2. Gently give your peppers a hardening-off period to get them used to their outdoor environment. Set peppers out when the outside temperature is room temperature and take them back in after an hour or two, increasing the time for about a week.
3. Bees and other pollinators don?t consider the difference in heat between pepper cultivars. When growing several varieties of peppers, keep them as distant from each other as possible to avoid having your sweet red pepper producing the fiery taste of a habanera!

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