Quick Tips for Growing Peppers!

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Time to turn up the HEAT! It’s pepper planting season! Shishitos for grilling, bell peppers and poblanos for stuffing, plus chile pequin, jalepenos, and habaneros for salsa. We’ve even got some Hungarian wax peppers and super hot ghost peppers if you’re adventurous. Here are a few quick tips to make sure you get plentiful peppers!

1. Peppers Like it Sunny and Dry

Make sure you choose a location to plant your peppers that gets full sun! They can be planted in the ground, in raised beds, or in pots, just remember that they need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Don’t plant in an area that stays too wet after a rain, and make sure that your raised beds or pots have good drainage. When watering, give your peppers a nice deep drink, but make sure you let them dry out between waterings. Sometimes, peppers will look wilted like they need to be watered, but they are doing this to shade their fruit! So, check the soil with a moisture meter to be sure.

2. Pluck Off First Buds

This tip is optional, but makes such a big difference! You’ll notice that many of our new pepper plants already have some buds and blooms, or they will very soon after you plant them. For a bigger, healthier plant, and a better yield, pluck off those first buds/blooms. This will help the plant redirect energy to growing deeper roots and help it grow into a stronger plant that can then produce and support more peppers.

3. Feed Your Peppers Regularly

Like most veggies and fruits, peppers require lots of nutrients and energy to produce. If you follow this fertilizing schedule, you’ll be amazed at how many more peppers you get! Very simple: feed with organic Plant Tone granular fertilizer on the 1st of the month, then feed with organic liquid Hasta Gro on the 15th. Set these reminders on your calendar/phone!

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