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While there are many types of peppers in the world, the most popular in the United States is the Green Bell Pepper. This vegetable is tasty and healthy raw, and can also be cooked into some great goods to make them taste even better. If you want to grow your own green peppers, you have come to the right place. Just follow these nice little tips to grow the best green peppers around.
Green peppers grow best in warm and dry climates in soil that is well-drained. They will not grow well if temperatures drop much lower than 60 degrees at night. If you live in a cool area, it is best to start growing the peppers indoors and then transplant them outside in a garden that uses black plastic, floating row covers, and raised beds to keep the baby peppers warm. Even if you live in warmer areas, you probably want to start growing the peppers indoors during the last weeks of winter and then transplant the growth when the weather warms up at night.
When you transplant the baby peppers into your garden, set the little plants between 14-18 inches apart from each other. When you are transplanting, add fertilizer to get the plants starting to grow. You should add more fertilizer later when the first set of peppers has started to grow. Peppers need only a little bit of water, but it needs to be uniform. That means you should only water the plants during a dry period, and even then only a little bit. It is especially important that the peppers get moisture during harvest period.
Soon the plants should ripen up and you will be able to harvest the bell peppers. Ripe peppers should come right off the plant, but you probably want to cut the peppers off to not damage the rest of the plant. If you leave a green pepper on the plant, it will ripen to other colors, with the fully ripe pepper being red. You can harvest at any time during this depending on what kind of pepper you want. Just cut the pepper off and enjoy this great treat.