Further information: Pepper Plants
Where to grow? – The best results will always be achieved when grown under glass as pepper plants need a long sunny season to mature. However, in a hot summer there is no reason why they can’t be grown outside in full sun. Chilli plants tend to be smaller and so will happily fruit even on a sunny windowsill.
How to grow? – Sweet pepper plants can be planted direct into soil or into pots or growing bags and may need some support from a cane as the fruits begin to swell. Chilli plants should be able to look after themselves without the need for support.
During hot weather water regularly and once the flowers start to form feed with tomato food.
When to harvest? – Pick when the fruits are ripe and the skin nice and smooth. Peppers vary in colour but many move from green to red as they ripen. Picking a few early fruits in early to mid-summer will encourage others to form.
How to eat? – Chillies add heat and colour so do take care. Best to try just a little and gradually add rather than to find the heat unbearable. Try them in soups and stews as well as the obvious chilli-con-carne.
Sweet peppers can be stuffed, braised, roasted, scattered over pizzas, turned into soup or just eaten raw in a salad.