Bell peppers are a type of pepper which can be grown very easily if the proper procedures are followed. The procedure has been explained further.
Bell peppers are known as a cultivar group and belong to the species Capsicum annuum or chili peppers. They are found in three main colors--red, orange, and yellow. However, they can also be eaten when they are green in color.
They are even known as sweet peppers, though they have a slightly spicy taste to them and are used to give foods a pungent flavor. Most foods include peppers as they are rich in flavor and are very healthy.
How to Grow
Growing these peppers is not a very difficult task, but they do require a good amount of care and attention. The plants require sufficient amount of sunlight, so when sowing, pick a location where they are guaranteed a maximum of this.
These peppers have similar growing conditions and requirements as tomatoes. Given ahead is the growing process.
Preparing the Garden Soil
Make sure that the soil in which the peppers are planted is fertile. Once you have selected the location, dig up the ground or the soil in the pots.
Mix a lot of organic matter with this soil and make sure you provide enough water so that the soil stays moist for seed germination. It is commonly observed that pepper plants can survive in a wide range of soil pH, thus making them quite adaptable.
Planting Bell Peppers
Seed germination for these peppers takes about 3 weeks, but they have to be kept at temperatures about 60 ºF, so find a hot spot to plant them.
If you want better results, always plant the seeds in containers or indoors using container gardening till the duration of seed germination, as temperatures stabilize to 60 ºF in these surroundings. You can then re-plant them outdoors either in containers or on plain ground.
Growing these peppers indoors is usually done in pots as the seeds are simply taking root. You can keep them for 8 to 10 weeks before you plant them outside. You will see seedlings in this duration.
While preparing for transplanting, make sure the weather is warm and above 60 ºF as the seedlings require a lot of heat and sunlight for development. Planting them in the ground is the best way of providing enough space for their roots, but containers are also advised.
Water the seeds such that the soil receives moisture evenly. Fertilize them only once in three months after the next growth stage is reached--while seeding, while flowering, and when the peppers are seen.
When you see the fruits or peppers hanging from the stalks, you will also observe ripening where the color will change from green to yellow, to orange, and then red. It is suggested to pick the peppers in each stage for better results and yield.
The steps for growing these peppers is very easy, and provides you with the fruit whenever you need it.