Capsicum Peppers; 10-15oC/50-60°F

Raised from seed sown in gentle heat in the spring, the plants are not in themselves attractive and are mainly grown for the different coloured and shaped fruits that they produce. Once seedlings are of reasonable size they should be potted into small pots of loam-based mixture and gradually into larger ones as required. Syringe the leaves daily during the flowering period to assist fruit-setting. Give a dilute liquid feed at ten-day intervals when the fruits first appear and until they show colour. In summer they may be placed out of doors where they can have the protection of a sheltered wall. They are best treated as annuals and should be disposed of when the ripe fruits have been harvested.

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