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Easy-to-Grow Sweet Peppers

Follow an expert’s tips for a colorful bumper crop

Fine Gardening - Issue 169

Growing sweet peppers at home is easy, fun, and rewarding. Besides the ever-popular bell peppers that ripen from green to red, there are bells of different sizes and colors and many specialty types to choose from. If you already enjoy growing bell peppers, consider making room in your garden for a specialty variety next season. For example, you could try the sweet little snack peppers that kids love or Japanese shishitos, which are great for tempura. ‘Corno di Toro’ types are perhaps the most delicious of all sweet peppers, suitable for salads, roasting, or sautéing.

Although peppers have a reputation for being tricky to grow, their cultural requirements are straightforward and similar to those of tomatoes. If you’re ready for pepper success, read on.

Wake seeds up with warm soil

Peppers should be started indoors; their seeds are small and need sufficient heat to germinate. Pepper seeds germinate…

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