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Tips to Grow Mini Bell Pepper in Containers

One of my biggest motivations to grow food each year is the scrumptious home grown heirloom bell peppers. In the past 9 years, I have grown all kinds of bell peppers and have never been disappointed. My favorite this season is the heirloom Mini Bell Pepper mix.

Growing a blend of bell peppers is always thrilling. You never know, until the fruits are ripe, which color of bell peppers the plants will produce. As the fruits mature and turn into a collection of assorted peppers, your garden seems to be at its best.  The most superb thing about peppers is that they love growing in pots or containers which makes them ideal for a balcony garden.

What makes mini bell peppers perfect for containers?


p2Less maintenance, loads of fruit, stunning color, deliciously sweet flavor and seeds that I can re plant is all that I want from my potted pepper plants. This mini bell pepper mix gives me all of this! I am growing around eight plants in 1.5*4* 1.5 feet wooden box that produces abundance of bell peppers every week.

Seedlings for a spring harvest are sown in November. It is worth growing extra plants during this time. You can always store extra fruit that you produce or give it away.  You can replant seeds from the first ripe pepper around January.  Seeds can be planted with intervals, depending on your need, till April.  Plants that you start in April will need to be kept in partial shade till monsoon.  You can start sowing your bell peppers from August again.

I started my seedlings in a terracotta container and later transplanted them in the wooden box, besides my entrance, at 1 foot or 12 inches from each other. I coupled it with sweet basil to encourage pollinators.

Tips to make most out of your  pepper plants

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  1. Give enough space for plants to thrive.
  2. Pinch the top young leaves when they grow 2 sets of leaves. This will encourage plant to produce branches.
  3. Water roots not leaves. This will help in pest control.
  4. Fertilize with organic compost.
  5. Collect water that is left after washing rice or lintels to give a boost of energy to plants.
  6. Save seeds and share!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zahra Ali Husain is a sustainability educator, freelance writer and an environmentalist. She is also a co-founder of Organic City Pakistan and runs the Green Schools & the Horticulture Therapy programs along with Yasir Husain. Zahra also manages an organic farm.

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