In general, peppers grow much more slowly than tomatoes, even with tried and tested care measures. Only rising spring temperatures promote the longed-for growth spurt. Provided they get enough water and nutrients. Because bell peppers need feed in the form of fertilizer so that they can fully develop their spicy aroma by the time they are harvested. Either a single dose of slow release fertilizer when planting or regular fertilization during the growth phases with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for:
- healthy root growth
- lush leaf growth
- Capsaicin production in the fruits
- more fruiting
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Fertilize peppers when planting
The best opportunity to work a slow release fertilizer into the soil is in mid-May. When the peppers are planted in the prepared location in the garden or greenhouse after cultivation. Thorough incorporation of compost with additional algae extract ensures the necessary basic supply of nutrients, humus and rapid rooting.
Depot or long-term fertilizers coated with a synthetic resin cover are a little more expensive but also more convenient. They give off all nutrients in optimal doses over the entire vegetation period.
Fertilize peppers as they grow
Foliar fertilization with self-made nettle broth supports the peppers with minerals during their growth period and protects against dangerous pests and typical diseases. Simply spray the paprika leaves all around with nettle broth.
Fertilize peppers during flowering
During the flowering period, the following applies to fertilization: little nitrogen but a lot of minerals such as magnesium and trace elements. In addition, loosen the soil and work in some rock flour (€ 14.95 at Amazon *). After a short time you should see the positive effect from the lush fruit formation. At the same time, the next generation of flowers begins and new fruits form. The reward for the work: an infinite number of garden-fresh peppers. NO WRONG! From a botanical point of view, peppers are not pods, but berries! The logical answer to the question: is peppers a fruit or a vegetable?
Less fertilizing is more
If you give too much fertilizer before fruit formation, you will get bushy plants with lush leaves but little fruit. Note the fertilizer instructions on the seed bag for both the hot peppers and the different sweet pepper varieties.
Tips & Tricks
It costs nothing and has a double effect: Use the full moon with the waning moon phase in the constellation Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn for root development, leaf structure, and flower and fruit formation.