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  • Botanical name: Capsicum annuum
  • Depth to plant seeds: .25" deep
  • Spacing between plants: 12"-24" apart
  • Spacing between rows: 12"-24" apart
  • Days to germinate (sprout): 7-21 days
  • Germination soil temps: 75F-85F
  • Soil needs: 6.0-7.0 pH
  • Sun needs: Full sun
  • Frost hardy: No
  • Planting season: Spring, summer - Start seeds indoors in March or 8 weeks before transplanting
  • # of plants per sq. ft.: Appx. 1 plant per 1-2 sq. ft.
  • Days to maturity: 70-80 days



Growing Sweet Peppers (source)

Peppers are easily second only to tomatoes as a home gardeners favorite. Try spot planting them around the garden for bursts of beautiful color too.

When to Plant
Pepper roots don't like to be disturbed, so plant them indoors in seed starting pellets two months before your last frost date, usually three or four seeds to a pellet.

How to Plant

Peppers love full sun, but don't plant peppers where tomatoes or eggplants grew previously, because all three are members of the nightshade family and are subject to similar diseases.

Keep your soil moist and about 75°F. They need at least 5 hours of sunlight a day. Once the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin them by leaving only the strongest plant.

When your pepper plant seedlings are 4 to 6 inches tall, harden them off for about a week. To avoid shocking the plants, make sure the soil temperature is at least 60°F before moving them outside; this usually occurs 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost.

How to Harvest (source)
Harvest peppers during mild and dry weather by cutting them from the stem. Most peppers will be mature and ready to eat in 70 to 85 days, but some can take as long as 150 days, depending on when you transplanted them. They're mature when they are firm, good sized, and have thick walls. Handle carefully, because nicks and bruises can cause them to rot faster.

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