FoodProduction101

How to transplant peppers

May 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Peppers

Friday 5-11-2012

With highs in 70’s for the extended forecast, I thought it would be a good time to transplant my pepper plants that I have been hardening off over the past week.

 

Timing?

Peppers should be planted out after the danger of a frost has past, when soil and air temperatures are warm.

 

Varieties?

I have been growing “Wisconsin Lakes” sweet red bell peppers in my greenhouse since Mid-March. When I first started growing in central PA, I was told that we didn’t have a long enough season for your peppers to turn from green all the way to red. This variety proved that wrong pretty quickly. My first year growing these, I got tons of sweet red bell peppers. I am actually growing more of these plants now, not because they didn’t produce a lot, but because we loved to eat these fresh so much, we actually could use more.

 

Tools and materials needed?

Metal rake, shovel, hand trowel, pepper plants, water

 

Soil type preferred?

Peppers prefer well drained, well composted soil in a sunny spot. If you plant in an area that gets a lot of water, plant up on a ridge. Peppers need water, but too much will kill them.

 

Companions peppers love?

Tomatoes, geraniums

 

How far apart to plant peppers?

18 inches apart is good spacing.

 

Support?

Peppers sometimes need support. It really depends on the variety, how big the plant and fruits are, soil type, and planting depth. I don’t usually give my peppers support until it becomes obvious that they need it. Then I will stake them. I would love to stake all my peppers, but I usually have used all my staking materials for other more stake needy plants.

 

How to plant peppers?

 

1. Rake mulch back and set out plants 18 inches apart.

 

2. Dig the hole 2-3 times wider than the pot, and plant the pepper at the same depth that it was in the pot.

 

3. Place plant into the hole to make sure it is the desired depth.

 

4. Make sure roots are not root bound in the pot. If so massage roots to loosen.

 

5. Place plant in hole and backfill with the existing soil.

 

6. Push mulch back

 

7. Give the plants a thorough watering to enhance establishment.

 

Finished- Peppers inter planted with eggplant

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