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Plant peppers to add a burst of color and flavor to your garden.

Fiery hot or mild and sweet, peppers are a great addition to any home garden. Peppers grow best when temperatures are between 65 and 85 F, which is early summer for most of the country.


Fiery hot or mild and sweet, peppers are a great addition to any home garden. Peppers grow best when temperatures are between 65 and 85 F, which is early summer for most of the country.

Peppers are a member of the same family as eggplants and tomatoes, and they also do best  when started indoors then transplanted outdoors later. Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart. Water to a depth of 24 inches and fertilize every two weeks. Most pepper varieties take about 70 days to mature from seedling transplant.

Like tomatoes, peppers will not set fruit in temperatures over 90 F. If you notice that your plant is producing flowers but no fruit, the high temperatures could be to blame. Pepper plants are also susceptible to the same pests and diseases as tomatoes, so if you are planting them at the same time, space them far apart.

Peppers are also frost-sensitive. Although generally an annual plant, you can dig up your peppers and bring them indoors before frost to keep them alive for the next spring garden season.
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