4 Tips For a Huge PEPPER Harvest

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In this video I'm going to go through my top 4 tips to get a huge pepper harvest. Organic gardening doesn't have to be difficult. I want to make it very easy for you to learn how to grow peppers with great success by giving you easy to follow garden tips. RELATED VIDEOS 16 Companion Plants for Peppers: Pepper Growing Mistakes: https://youtu.be/Bih0czBFGhg​ FERTILIZERS & OTHER PRODUCTS I LOVE https://www.nextlevelgardening.tv/products-i-love JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/nextlevelgardeners FOLLOW ME HERE Website: https://www.NextLevelGardening.TV​​​​​​​ YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/nextlevelgardening Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nextlevelgardening

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Have you ever heard of peter piper he picked a peck of pickled peppers and today we're going to be talking about planting placement pruning and pinching for possessing a prodigious pepper production happy world naked gardening day 2021. yep that's a thing so we're going to keep it g rated here on youtube i half celebrated over on instagram And in our new private facebook group still pg i'm not gonna get crazy so even though we're keeping things g rated here on youtube we're gonna heat things up by talking about peppers chilis capsicums whatever you want to call it they're one of my favorite things to grow and there's so many different types but there are a few things to do other than just plopping them in the Ground and watching them and waiting them to produce a bumper crop let me know in the comments if you've grown peppers before and you have a tip that you would like to share to produce a lot of peppers bonus if it starts with a p alright so let's get to my four p's of pepper production the first p is placement peppers like six to eight hours of sunlight Direct sun with a little shade in the afternoon sometimes that afternoon sun comes in really hot and once you've got fruit on your plants and they're almost ripe you're going to get sun scald and so it's nice to have a little bit of afternoon shade to protect them from that but other than that they really like a lot of sunlight they also like a rich Moist root run don't let them dry out very much mulch is going to go a long way to keeping the soil evenly damp now usually i tell you to stick with the spacing that they give you on the seed packet for peppers i'm going to go against that recommendation because peppers don't mind growing a little closer together in fact they seem to produce better when They're growing side by side in pairs that alone doubles your crop right because you're planting almost two times the amount of peppers in the same space as if you were to listen to the seed packet the second p is planting you've got to plant them correctly from the get-go the first thing about planting is the timing of the planting peppers do not like to be cold at all And forget your last frost state peppers like it warmer than that so you have to wait maybe several weeks after your last frost date to get peppers into the ground they like temperatures nighttime temperatures of no less than 55 65 being optimal if you put your peppers out too early and they are allowed to sit out in the cold like that It can stunt their growth and they may never recover when you plant you want to put some phosphorus in the hole phosphorus is the middle number on any container of fertilizer and it doesn't move freely through the soil peppers are pretty notorious for taking any amount of nitrogen they can get and using it all up on fast thick lush green growth at the expense of fruit We don't want that so i just put some phosphorus in the whole rock phosphate and a little bit of bone meal about a handful of each right under the root of the plant peppers are probably the only crop that i don't use neptune's harvest crab and lobster and kelp meal for just because of the nitrogen level however throughout the season before the plants start to really produce their flowers and fruit I'm going to use the tomato and veg formula from neptune's harvest every two weeks and then once they have i'm trying this new this year per neptune's harvest recommendation once the plants have their flowers starting and their fruit i'm going to switch to their rose and flowering formula which has a much higher number of phosphorus and potassium Which has a direct result on the quality the size the amount of flowers then fruit now if you want to you can just stick with the tomato and veg that's what i've done every year and just kind of watch me this year to see how it works now the third p is pruning now this is a bone of contention between gardeners should you prune or should you not prune i always prune because in my opinion the More branching you have the more points of flowering and the more points of flowering the more fruit now to get more branching you have to prune the top out of the plant if you take a look at this plant right here it grows pretty much straight up right that is because all of the growth hormone is in the tip of the plant so it just keeps growing straight up Because after all the plant's main goal is not to provide you full branches of fruit it is to to reproduce and to produce seeds and so it wants to rush to do that much like lettuce when it bolts it shoots skyward flowers and it's done so that's what it's trying to do here so once the plant has about six leaves not including the the seed leaves that it starts with One two three four five six so right here you can pinch out any or clip out anything above that so i'm gonna go ahead and clip this right here it might be painful to do but trust me you're going to be happy you did it now what happens is the growth hormone flows back down through the stem to each one of these leaf nodes and if you take a look You can see right here in the little armpits there's some little growth there already starting now that the hormone goes back down to them those are all going to produce side branches you can take a look at this pepper i've got right back here it was topped about three weeks ago and you can see all of the branching that has occurred it is not One long stem from bottom to top so it just makes sense i've been doing my peppers that way for years and i would never do it any other way now the fourth p is pinching for the first two weeks after you put the plant out in the garden you want to pinch off any flower buds that appear you don't want the plant putting its energy into flower and fruit Production you want the plant producing roots for a strong season after that two weeks then it's okay to let the flowers come on and produce fruit now it could be a fifth p which would be picking but i'm going to include it here under pinching you want to pick off the first five or six fruits before they have a chance to Fully ripen so if it's a red bell pepper as soon as you start seeing it turn from green to red just a little bit of blush happening pick it five or six of those what that's going to do is that's going to continue to stimulate the plant to produce more and more and more now if you don't like green peppers i do not like green peppers you can still ripen the fruit once it's been taken off of the plant In fact a great way to do it is put the fruit in a paper bag with a ripe tomato store it at about 70 degrees and about two weeks after that it will be completely red or whatever color it's supposed to be and you can enjoy it as a sweet pepper rather than a more spicy bitter pepper if you learned something from these four peas please give the video a thumbs up it really helps the channel and pushes this Video out to a wider audience consider subscribing if you haven't and i will see 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