How to Grow Productive Peppers In 6 Steps

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you reap your best pepper crop ever, whether you’re starting with your own transplants or planting ones you bought at your local garden center.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you reap your best pepper crop ever, whether you’re starting with your own transplants or planting ones you bought at your local garden center.

1. Prep The Site

The right site can make all the difference in how well peppers perform. Choose a sunny, well-drained spot where peppers haven’t grown recently. The soil should be deep, rich, and loamy. If yours isn’t, amend it with about 1 inch of compost. Avoid adding >too much nitrogen to the soil, however. Excessive nitrogen can cause the pepper plants to grow too fast, making them more susceptible to disease and less productive.

2. Harden Off Seedlings

Before you plant your pepper seedlings, you’ll need to harden them off by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions. (This gradual exposure to the weather helps seedlings adjust, so they’ll be less stressed when you plant them. And less stress means bigger, more productive peppers.) When daytime temps reach the mid-60s, set the seedlings in a sheltered location outdoors, such as next to the house or garage, for a few hours each day for 3 or 4 days.

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