Prepare paprika kernels to pull yourself
If you want to grow peppers yourself and make them germinate, you should consider the typical characteristics of the plant. Because they are not native plants, the climate above all can cause them problems. Bell peppers need more time, heat and light than other fruit vegetables.
- Prefer paprika - faster from seed to pod
- Grow peppers yourself in the garden and harvest abundantly
- This is how green peppers turn red - proven methods of ripening peppers
The colored supermarket peppers are not different types, but different degrees of ripeness. Therefore, make sure that the seeds to pull and sow yourself come from a fully ripe, red pod. Once removed from the fruit, the kernels must be cleaned, dried and kept until around spring. From March you can prepare the stored kernels for sowing.
Pull peppers yourself - everything you need to do it
A window sill on the south side is an ideal location for sowing peppers, or the seeds are supported with plant light during the germination period. Besides patience you need:
- Mini greenhouse (€ 6.96 at Amazon *) or foil
- Peat or yogurt pots
- Seed substrate or potting soil
- Sowing soil
- Bamboo sticks
So seedlings sprout from kernels
Those who garden after the moon use the increasing moon phase until the full moon at the beginning of March. Because this time should be devoted to sowing fruit plants such as tomatoes or peppers that develop above ground. From seed to seedling in just a few steps:
- Soak dried pepper seeds for 1 day
- Only stick one seed per cup about 1 centimeter deep into moist soil, cover and press lightly.
- Place the pots in the mini greenhouse or under foil on a fixed bench.
- Important: Ventilate daily to prevent mold growth.
- At a constant, moist, warm temperature of 25 ° degrees, the first seedlings sprout after 2 to 3 weeks.
From the seedling to many colored pods
From a height of 10 centimeters, it is time to prick out the young plants. To do this, carefully plant the peppers with the entire root ball in pots or in the bed. In addition to warmth, you now need a little more care, lukewarm watering and fertilizer.
Growing your own peppers in the greenhouse is faster and more reliable than outdoors. The plants are protected from wind and weather under glass. This will make the peppers bloom faster. The first fruits are harvested in the greenhouse from July. Outdoor peppers in the garden or on the balcony can be harvested from August to the end of October.
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Paprika not only enriches the menu, but is also suitable as an ornamental plant for the garden or balcony thanks to its wonderful flowers.