Sowing peppers

Irrigation after planting

The sowing of peppers is almost always done in seedbeds, so more than a real watering, at the beginning of the life cycle we try to keep the small stick of earth wet. To facilitate this operation, avoiding that the weak root system is damaged, a spray bottle can be used. After planting the pepper we will have to check that the soil never completely dries up. During the spring season the rains could be naturally intense and if they have a frequency of 2-3 rainfall per week, they are more than enough to guarantee the growth of the plant and the development of the flowers. When, however, the first fruits appear, watering must be intensified considerably, always without exaggerating. The plant in this phase has much greater water needs,

How to sow and cultivate

The sowing of peppers is done starting from the month of February. With the exception of some areas of southern Italy, in this period the seed would not germinate since the necessary temperature is at least 20 ° C. Furthermore, carrying out it outdoors would run the risk of a last winter frost that would irreparably ruin our pepper. It is therefore recommended to sow in protected seedbeds, preferably in complete shelter from bad weather. Once sprouted, the seedling must be kept in the stick of earth at least until the formation of other leaves in addition to those of germination. Then we can transfer it into a larger single container or, if the climate allows it, place it at home. The pepper, to grow well, should be secured to a support such as a pole or a gardening net.

The soil for sowing

The soil suitable for sowing peppers is characterized by excellent drainage. If it is true that peppers require large quantities of water, it is equally true that they fear water stagnation. The substrate must be well dissolved and we can also add universal soil to the fertilized earth. The preventive digging work must be carried out vigorously and in depth for at least 35-40cm. Then we will proceed to enrich the soil with mature manure and organic compost; we will let the soil acquire the nutrients naturally. We can then go and plant the seedlings, paying close attention to this delicate operation as it is easy to ruin the root system. During the fruiting phase, further organic fertilization with a ready-to-use product could be useful.

Sowing Peppers: Exposure and Adversity

Bell peppers need a lot of sun to produce large, flavorful fruit. It should not be grown in the garden area for at least 4-5 years. Rotations with other plants belonging to the same family, the Solanaceae, which also include tomatoes, should be avoided. The climate can also be mild with good spring rainfall: the important thing is that the summer is hot and that the sun’s rays reach the plants for most of the day. Locations in partial shade, in the cool, or humid places are not suitable. Peppers can be attacked by fungal diseases and parasites. It can be remedied with natural herbal decoctions mixed with irrigation water or with specific pesticide products. Avoiding water stagnation also avoids root rot that can damage pepper plants.

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