The Q&A Archives: Tips on Growing Bell Peppers

Question: Every time we plant bell peppers (any variety), we have a good crop. But the peppers always have thin walls, and often don't grow to the size stated in the descriptions. However, we have no trouble at all growing hot peppers. What can we do, either by soil improvements, growing conditions, etc. to grow bell peppers the way they are meant to be?? Yvonne Clem

Answer: There are several factors that can influence pepper size and quality. Peppers are a heat-loving crop, and are particularly sensitive to environmental stresses, such as cool weather or inconsistent water availability. They also like high humidity. Sinceyour locale was not included in the question, I don't know if season length is a factor in getting your fruits to size up properly. Pepper plants should be generously spaced to allow plenty of sunshine to reach all parts of the plant. Water regularly -- even daily -- during dry spells. Mulch plants to conserve moisture. And during fruiting feed plants with a low-nitrogen fertilizer.

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