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Grow & Care - Pepper





Fast Facts




Light Requirements full sun
Temperature Adaptations Very tender - plant about two weeks after the expected date of last frost.
Acidity (pH) Tolerance 6.8 to 5.5 pH
Salinity (Ec) Tolerance 1.5
How Pollinated Insects
Growth Habits Annual


Additional Information



Fertilizer Requirements

Add nitrogen fertilizer when planting. Over-fertilization causes excess foliage and delays fruit ripening. Put 3 to 4 tablespoons of fertilizer (16, 16, 8) into a hole about 2 to 3 inches deeper than the plant root and about 4 inches to the side of the tomato plant when transplanting. No other fertilization is generally needed.

Water Utilization

Water frequently for a week or two after transplanting, gradually diminishing and increasing depth of penetration.

After that, thoroughly soak soil about once a week. Do not sprinkle late in the day. Mulch soil around plants with plastic or mulch to maintain uniform moisture levels.

Plant Development and Care

Fruit set is determined by temperature. Peppers set fruit between nighttime temperatures of 60 F and 75 F. Daytime temperatures that reach above 95 F will abort blossoms. Hot, dry winds intensify these problems.

Germination Time (Days)

25 days at 59 F
13 days at 68 F
8days at 77 F to 90 F
9 days at 95 F or higher

Seed Germination and Temperature Range

70 F to 75 F

Common Fertilizer Deficiencies





Pepper

Tips

Remove peppers carefully by snapping or cutting off stem to avoid uprooting the shallow rooted plants.

 

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