Growing Bell Peppers in hydroponic or aeroponic systems is a great way to create your own produce in your own home. I will walk your through how to get your very own Bell Peppers!
Let’s get to planting!
Bell Pepper Facts
- Optimal PH: 5.5-6.5
- 1400-1750 PPM
- Temp: 65-75 Degrees
- Enjoys: Space to grow, good amount lights, high nitrogen, potassium
Grows Well With
Hydroponic Bell Peppers
Bell Peppers are said to be more of a advanced growing process. When you grow them, you can’t let the plants grow to the full height. To avoid this, you can prune the plants by pinching the plants at about 8 weeks, this will spur the growth of the pepper.
When starting to grow the peppers, you will need to keep the seeds at about 80 degrees, you could use a heating mat. The heat will help the seeds germinate. In about 7-14 days, you’ll have something growing! Be sure that you plant the seeds about 18-24 inches apart to give the plants room to grow.
Now light is a big factor in the growth of your Bell Peppers. They will need to receive about 14-18 hours of light each and every day.
For Nutrient Requirements, you will need to start off by using nutrient regimen until your peppers are reading for flowering. After that stage, you will need to switch to a nutrient regimen with a little less nitrogen and more phosphorus and potassium. This will help the production.
Aeroponic Bell Peppers
This way is about the same as growing them hydroponically. For this, you will need a fan at the lowest setting the help the vegetables out.
Indoor Bell Peppers
If you have Bell Peppers outside and you are looking to bring them inside. Then the first thing you’ll need to do is dig up your plant, and place it into a pod. You’ll need to keep moving the plant around outside to make sure there are no bugs on your plant. Once it is bug free, bring it inside and place it under florescent bulbs after you have rinsed them off. Keep your plants warm, and that’s it!
Pruning Bell Peppers
Pruning your plants is actually simple. The effect you want, is a ‘V’ shape. You’ll want to keep the thickest, tallest, strongest branches.
The most common indoor pest that will attack your bell peppers are Spider Mites, Thrips, Aphids, Whiteflies, and fungus Gnats. The best way to fight these bugs are using sticky fly traps. They will trap the bugs before they trap your plants! Another way is to invest in a spray but avoid chemical sprays.
Yes, plants can get diseases too. The most common diseases for Bell Peppers are Powdery Mildew, Downy mildew, grey mold, root rot, and iron deficiency. You can avoid these by wearing clean clothes when taking care of your vegetables. Be sure to clean up spills and runoffs, and clean your water!