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How to grow green peppers

Updated on October 18, 2010

Who else loves green bell peppers?

The majority of green peppers that you find at the store are actually just immature bell peppers that would eventually turn to their true mature color such as yellow or red. There are some bell peppers that are green at maturity, but those probably aren't the ones you're most familiar with.

The bell pepper is actually a fruit. They are generally purchased as seedlings from a nursery. I like to add green peppers to all sorts of things I eat, from salads to meat dishes. Sometimes I'll add a little to my ice cream for a little extra flavor. I don't recommend doing that.

How to purchase the right green pepper seedling

When you go to the nursery they'll probably have a bunch of pepper seedlings. You'll be tempted to go for that tall one because it looks healthiest. Don't do this. Go for the little stocky one with the really thick stem. The tall ones actually get that way because they aren't getting enough light. They are in a weakened state and will not likely produce nice and big green peppers.

Replanting your seedlings

Find yourself a 5 gallon bucket. I've heard some people recommend using a black bucket because it draws more heat, which is good for the root system. That's fine if you can find one, but any color should work well.

As with any typical bucket planting, you'll need to put some holes in the bottom of the bucket so water can drain out. You'll also want to make sure you cover the bottom of the bucket with some crushed stones to make sure the drainage holes don't get clogged up.

You can use potting soil in your bucket or a mix of garden soil and compost. You actively maintaining a compost pile, aren't you?

Remove the seedlings from the flat and place two in each bucket about half a foot apart. Pat down the soil around them.

Place your bucket in a warm area that gets at least 7 hours of sunlight every day. Water the soil well when you first place your bucket. You'll want to water every week or so with water and Miracle Grow.

Why do I plant them in pairs?

Pepper plants like affection. They need to be near one another. Ok, that isn't the scientific explanation, but pepper plants do grow better when they are touching other pepper plants. That's why they are planted in pairs relatively close together.


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    North Wind 7 years ago from The World (for now)

    I have been trying to grow these peppers for years! The closest I got was a tree that produced stunted peppers that never grew to full form.I will try this method and see if it will work. Thanks!