#1 Plant where they will get at least 10 hours of direct sunlight.
#2 Leave about 18-20” space between each plant to allow for air to circulate. Hot Pepper cultivars need less room in between plants than sweeter varieties.
#3 Stake or cage taller varieties so that the stems do not break in strong winds or due to a heavy fruit load.
#4 Make sure your pepper plants receive at least an inch of water a week. Gallon of water daily during extreme heat and drought. Keeping soil evenly moist for good growth.
#5 Peppers need well draining soil that is rich and loamy, but avoid too much nitrogen in the soil. Too much nitrogen can cause plenty of leaves and little to no peppers. Your soil should have a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.
#6 Add about 1” of organic mulch around base of plant to help retain soil moisture and keep soil temperatures nice and warm.
#7 Pinch off early blossoms, this will encourage larger sized peppers and a higher overall yield.
#8 To deter cutworms, place a cardboard collar around each stem, pushing it at least an inch into the ground.
#9 Always cut peppers from plant leaving a small stub of stem attached, pulling causes damage to plant.
#10 You can harvest peppers when immature, but flavors and vitamin content will approve as they ripen on the plant.