• Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I have been growing peppers in my garden for a couple of years now and I find that the sweet pepper variety is very satisfactory to grow even in the colder British climate.

Greenhouse Peppers

Greenhouse Peppers

Usually grown from seeds, most of my peppers end up growing in the greenhouse because I can never guarantee that the summer will be a hot one and they do need enough heat to ripen well.

I did have a head start with my peppers which I starting to sow back in April of a variety called F1 tasty grill. They have an elongated form and tasted great last year.

You can see in the picture below that right now the peppers in my greenhouse are quite big and growing well in the grow bags.

I recommend feeding the plant regularly; personally I use a potash-rich tomato liquid feed (the organic type as a personal preference).

As the plants grow bigger and heavier with fruits, I need to start staking them with some bamboo canes which I will push in the ground.

This year I also bought a pepper plant from a garden centre as a comparison and I believe it is a standard variety called Bell Boy pepper. In fact looking at the label it looks similar to the peppers that you can buy from supermarkets normally.

I like to try different varieties of vegetables every year, sometimes you find new varieties that are particularly tasty, easier to grow or more suited to your local conditions.

Home-grown peppers taste great and since I know where they come from I guess they are doubly good for me too.

Top TipMy top tip: the plants which I grow in my greenhouse tend to grow in profusion and end up with a lot of leaves and flowers. I personally prefer to reduce the number of flowers in order to harvest a smaller number of peppers that will ripen quicker.

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4 Responses

  1. 1

    why do i have no flowers growing on my peppers they are all healthy in pots in a small greenhouse each one is about 18 inches high do i have to nip them at the ends. Or do i have to be patient and wait. Or is it a hormone problem.

  2. 2
    The Gardener 

    It is not so easy to diagnose the problem without knowing the full history on your pepper plant. But there may be a few reasons why the peppers are not developing any flowers. I think that your plant may have been grown from a sterile seed, in particular if it came from seeds that you collected yourself from another plant, possibly an F1 variety. You would need to check where the plant or seeds came from.
    Another possibility is not enough heat, and potentially over watering and feeding. But personally I think that the origin of the plant is likely to be the issue.

  3. 3
    Dr Mike holmes 

    Yes. a good idea to restrict the production of the flower and consequent fruit. Bigger specimens will result. It is particularly true of chillies high on the Scoville scale when, for domestic use, not so many frit are required.

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    brian sigsworth 

    Your Website is very informative. I’m restricted to room in my 4’x4′ greenhouse. Could I I grow peppers to fruiting stage in smaller pots than recommended? I’ve grown my own plants from seed and very soon will need to pot-on to 3″ pots. Could I plant these seedlingds straight into a 1 litre pot and leave them to fruit?

    Many thanks

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