Category: Garden Vegetable Plants
Facts about Pepper Plants. "Scientific name for Pepper is Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum annuum and Capsicum chinense
Pepper plants are great additions to any garden. These plants will allow a person to grow green , yellow, or red peppers. There are some tips when planting and caring for a pepper plant to keep in mind.
The Pepper plant needs full exposure to the fun as well as loamy soil. The pH level of the soil should be neutral allowing the plants the chance to grow. Before planting the pepper plants outside they should be kept in a seed starter for eight to ten weeks before the last frost date of the spring. This will allow the seeds to grow and turn into plants. They also need heat to germinate. When the temperature outside is at least 70 F degrees (21 cel) it is fine to transfer the pepper plants outside. The plants should be spread at least 18 to 24 inches (45 to 61 cm).
Allow the pepper plants to have a week to get used to their new outdoor setting. After this time fertilizer of compost can be added to the soil to help the plants get the vitamins and the nutrients that they need. Once the plants begin to grow in size takes two or three longer match sticks next to each plant and lightly tie the plants to the match stick. This will give them the support they need as they grow taller.
Once the pepper plants are beginning to grow be sure the soil has the proper level of moisture. It is recommended to give the plants one to two inches (2.5 to 5 cm) of water every week. If the temperature is very hot this may require watering them plants everyday. Be sure to weed the garden often as the weeds can take nutrients away from the plants. Once the pepper plants start to produce peppers a spray can be applied to them to keep bugs away. Mix one tablespoon of Epsom salt with a gallon of water. This spray will keep the bugs away and allow the pepper to grow. This should be done once every ten days.
Once the peppers reach a large enough size they should be picked. The peppers can then be used in a number of recipes. The longer the pepper is allowed to stay on the plant the sweeter it will be. Peppers can be stored in a refrigerator up to 10 days after they are picked. Peppers add a nice flavor to many dishes. Home grown peppers will taste fresh and crisp right off the vine.
A Peppers is a fruit, because they come from a flowering plant that contain seeds. Most people think it is a vegetables.