Pepper Seeds

As easy to grow as tomatoes and requiring virtually the same treatment. Can be grown outside but only in a sheltered sunny position, best results are obtained in polytunnels or a glasshouse. Sow in modules or peat pots, 2 seeds per cell under glass at 17 degree celsius in March for under cover crops and April for outside crops. Thin to a single seedling as soon as possible. As the seedlings grow reduce the heat to 14-15 degree celsius. When large enough to handle transplant to 9cm pots. When the first flower shows transplant to growbags or large pots. Outdoor plants should be gradually hardened off before planting out in late May about 50cm apart. If the plants are still a single stem when about 30cm tall, pinch out the growing tip to encourage side shoots. Fruit are ready to pick when firm, shiny and green, left on the plant they will mature further to their final colour. Feed as for tomatoes but at half strength.