how do i grow peppers?
Peppers are heat loving plants that need plenty of time to mature, so start your peppers in a sunny spot indoors. A good time to start your peppers is about 7 weeks before the last frost, so they can be well established when it comes time to transplant them outside. Use a seedling tray and plant one seed per cell, about 1/4" deep. Keep them at room temperature until they sprout. Your pepper seeds will sprout in 10-15 days, and once they do move them to a spot where they will get full sun, such as a south facing window sill. If you'd prefer a quicker start, look for transplants at your local nursery.
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Sweet peppers can be harvested at almost any stage of their development, if you want green peppers, begin to harvest as soon as they've reached their full size. If you prefer yellow, orange or red peppers, wait a little longer for your peppers to turn your preferred colour.
The stalks on your peppers can break easily so be careful or use a pair of scissors when you’re harvesting them. You can increase the storage period by keeping at least 1 inch of stem on your peppers when you harvest.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Try picking some of your peppers when they are green at the beginning of the season to encourage more growth later on
1 cup red pepper: Vitamin A (93%), Vitamin C (317%), Vitamin E (12%), Vitamin B6 (22%), Folate (17%), Fibre (13%), Potassium (9%), Manganese (8%)
Preparing and using
Enjoy your sweet peppers either raw or cooked. Sweet peppers are high in vitamins and very versatile! If you like spicy food, hot peppers will be your best friend. They are prolific once they get growing. There are literally hundreds of pepper varieties to choose from, experiment to find ones that suit you best. Have a surplus of hot peppers? Try drying them and storing them to use throughout the year