Growing Sweet Peppers

Growing Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers – Capsicum annum

These are not cultivated as much as they deserve. This is because they are often thought to be ‘hot’. If less pungent sorts are properly grown and cooked, they are a real delicacy.

Plants can be raised in exactly the same way as aubergines, spacing the seeds 2cm apart in pots or trays of good seed compost. Do this in early spring in a temperature of about 15°C. Prick off seedlings when big enough to handle moving them to small pots as they develop until they reach the 15 to 18cm size. Keep them in full light and spray with water frequently to keep off red spider.

growing sweet peppers If the plants are to be grown in a sunny sheltered position outdoors they can be pricked off into soil blocks of John Innes potting compost No. 1. Plants can also be grown under  cloches or frames, but must first be hardened off. It is best to plant in shallow trenches and to raise the glass when necessary keeping the plants covered throughout growth.

The plants grow 60 to 75cm tall, the white flowers being followed by fruit which colours according to variety. If plants fail to produce side shoots, pinch out the growing points. Once the fruit begins to swell, liquid fertiliser will prove beneficial.

Capsicums vary in length from 10 to 13cm In the case of the bull-nosed types, they are only 5 to 8cm long but much thicker and irregularly shaped. Chilli peppers are very hot and only used for flavouring and pickles.

Green peppers are the red and yellow sorts before they turn colour.

Good varieties include: Canape with sweet, mild flesh; Burpee Hybrid and New Ace, a heavy cropper for glass culture. Some success is being achieved in breeding self stopping varieties which can be grown in the same way as lettuce.

03. December 2010 by admin
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