Step 8: Growing....

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Once your plants have grown their third set of true leaves (as opposed to seed leaves, which are the first leaves which come directly from the seed), you know its time to transfer them to a permanent home.

The pepper plants prefer to be planted when soil temperatures have reached 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. If your soil has not yet reached that temperature, you need to set black plastic much or something similar to warm it.

Space plants a foot away from each other, and water moderately until fruit sets, and a little less once they have.

Also these pepper plants prefer FULL sunlight, so give them as much as possible.

If you are fortunate enough to have quality dirt in your back yard you can plant your seedlings directly into your garden. Other wise you can transfer seedlings into a pot like i did. The dirt in my area is horrible, as you can see in the picture... Peppers do well in raised beds, so if you have any type of raised bed or square foot garden, plan on putting one of these in there!

Another thing, the peppers in my picture need to be transferred into a much larger pot too, so once your peppers are about this size its time to move them into new big pots.

One last growing note, they like high amounts of nitrogen (N), potassium (K) and phosphates (P), so they welcome fertilizers.

Retrospecs2 years ago
I was speaking to a Master Gardener at the University of New Hampshire and he suggested also adding a tablespoon of epsom salts or Milk of Magnesia. He said the area of the world peppers originated in was high in Magnesium content. I have tried this for about 4 seasons and have gotten consistantly amazing results. Bigger plants, larger and more plentiful fruiting.