Capsicum

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Full sun. well drained, sandy soil.

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Sow depth

1cm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

30-45cm

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Row space

50cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

30-60cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

1.5cm

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Best practice

Transplant

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Germination (days)

8-10

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Maturity (days)

60-100

How to Grow

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From seed

You can sow seeds directly, or star them on seed trays with seed raising mix.

From seedling

When the plants are around 5-7cm tall, transplant to fertilized bed (Blood & Bone/Seaweed).

As seedlings grow feed weekly, water regularly.

A layer of mulch will keep the soil moist.

In a pot

Choose a good sized pot , at least 500mm in diameter.

Position in sunny spot protected from strong winds.

Fill seed raising trays with seed mix, sow seeds, firm down, keep moist.

Once seedlings are 507cm apart, fill pot with potting mix, transplant one pot per plant as they need room to grow.

Feed seedlings weekly with plant food.

Ready to harvest

Harvest when fruit is green.

But it's best to wait until fruit walls are firm and strong.

Collect seed

Slice open the pepper and shake the seeds out of the fruit and into a bowl.

The seeds require drying for a week or two to store well, unless you are planting them immediately.

Spread them out in a single layer on paper plates and allow them to dry completely in a warm, dark and dry location.

If you aren't immediately sowing the seeds, you must store them correctly so they remain viable until planting.

Most bell pepper seeds store well for at least two years when packaged correctly.

You can store the seeds in a paper envelope or a glass jar.

Include a packet of silica gel in jars so it can dry any moisture trapped in the container.

Make sure the jar or envelope is labeled with the bell pepper variety and year harvested, then store it in a dark, cool place until you are ready to sow the seeds.

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

September , October , November

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Zone 2 - Temperate

July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

January , February , March , July , August , September , October , November , December

Companion Planting

Tips for Care

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Capsicums are usually self supporting, but heavy crops may require some support.

Stakes can be used, but be careful when hammering stakes, keep out of the root area
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In areas with extreme summers, consider using a shade cloth to prevent scald on capsicum surface.
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Pay special attention to watering a capsicum growing in a pot, because pots dry out quickly

Pests & Problems


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