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You better get a head start growing Bell peppers, the world's second most popular vegetable (tomatoes holding the number one spot). Pepper plants are slow growing and need plenty of time to produce fruit before frost.
The good news is, if you have a way to keep them warm and cozy over winter, your plants can last for years.
Want to get the most peppers, longer, and in the shortest time possible? Here's how we do it....
1. Starting Pepper plants from Seeds:
Peppers are not only slow growers, but the seeds
are also slow germinating. Get a jump start by following
this seed planting method......
Add Pure Black Castings™ to a good potting soil mix: 4-5 parts to 1 part castings. Fill your starter containers.
Sprinkle and inch of Pure Black Castings™ on the top of the potting soil and make three 1/4 inch impressions (the eraser head of a pencil makes a good tool). Place pepper seeds into holes and spray with VermaPlex® mixed 20:1 with water.
Cover seeds and spritz with the VermaPlex® /water mix. Place pepper containers into a shallow tray and keep adding water until the potting mix has absorbed enough moisture.
Cover the container with plastic to preserve the moisture. This will keep you from having to add any more water to the containers until germination is complete. Place in the covered tray in dark place with temperatures above 80 degrees. You can put a heat pad underneath to help warm the soil (being careful with the moisture!)
Check pots daily for seeds germination. Seeds will sprout much quicker with the Vermaplex® application, so check twice a day.
When you see a pepper seeds popping up, immediately place the container in bright light. You will get spindly peppers stems if you don't supply good light as quickly as possible.
After a few days, when all the pepper seeds in a container have germinated, snip off the weaker, smaller seedlings. Keep the thickest-bodied, most healthy pepper seedling in each container.
Once plants have formed true leaves, apply mix of 4-6 ounces VermaPlex® per 1 gallon of water (pre-bloom).
Transplant the pepper seedlings into larger containers two times before putting them into the garden or final container. Bury the plant two-thirds up the stem each time to encourage a strong, thick plant (you can do this technique for many plants to encourage extra root development.
After bloom, apply VermaPlex®/water drench (2 ounces per 1 gallon water) mixture every 7-14 days. Apply a top dressing of Pure Black Castings™ throughout the growing season, followed by an inoculation of VermaPlex®.
2. Peppers from Seedlings:
Produce the most pepper blooms and form the most fruit on
your pepper plants......
Pinch off any blooms that may be on your pepper plant.
Mix about 8 ounces of Pure Black Castings™ into the garden soil/potting soil mix.
Add and handful of Pure Black Castings® in the bottom of the hole when transplanting the pepper plants and drench with VermaPlex®.
Sprinkle Pure Black Castings™ around planting area after backfilling the pepper plant. Drench with VermaPlex® (mix 20:1)
After pepper starts blooming, add 2 ounces VermaPlex® per 1 gallon of water and drench plant every 7-14 days. Don't over-do the VermaPlex® - a little goes a long way.
Top dress your pepper plants with Pure Black Castings™ throughout the growing season.
Add calcium at planting to prevent
blossom drop and blossom end rot
in peppers and other flowering vegetables. Go easy on the
nitrogen, especially when blooming starts.
For best results, use slow-release fertilizers to grow your peppers, like worm castings, and inoculate your soils with microbes. Your pepper plants will get all the nutrition they need in a timely manner without excess nitrogen which can burn the plants and prevent calcium uptake by the pepper plant.
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