When to plant peppers

 

Here's a shishito pepper that was put out too early and got stunted

Here’s a Shishito pepper that was put out too early and got stunted-never grew anymore

Now that we are past freezes at night, you may think you should put out those pepper plants that you have inside your house. Not so fast! Peppers are heat loving plants (even more so than tomatoes) and our nights are still too cold for them to be put out. I’m holding mine inside for another week or so because if you put them out now they will just sit there and sulk. In fact I’ve had to replant some in years past because they stall out and never recover. I’ll be putting mine out AFTER JUNE 1st and in wall of waters to add some protection with our cold nights. Peppers don’t like temperatures below 60°F at night so for now they can sit and bask in the sun in front of a window. Don’t be in a rush with them or you may have to start over!

 

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2 comments on “When to plant peppers

  1. Wish I had known this sooner! Our peppers look like they “might” recover, but I’m not betting on it.

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  2. monica says:

    Yeah, me too. I put mine in on Saturday. I’m going to try to rig up some cover. Hope the fact that they get a lot of reflected light + heat from being up against a south-facing wall will help. Ther’s always next year! 🙂

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