Full sun. well drained, sandy soil.
You can sow seeds directly, or star them on seed trays with seed raising mix.
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.
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.
Harvest when fruit is green.
But it's best to wait until fruit walls are firm and strong.
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.
Zone 1 - Cool
September , October , November
Zone 2 - Temperate
July , August , September , October , November , December
Zone 3 - Subtropical
January , February , March , July , August , September , October , November , December