Likes warm weather; poor growth if planted too early. Benefit from row coverings and used during cool weather or night. Likes light, slightly acidic soil but will do all right in sandy soils. Available phosphorous is important, but too much nitrogen can cause luxuriant leaf growth at the expense of flowering and fruit set. Require adequate water, especially for fruit maturation. Optimum growing temperature is 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit for sweet peppers and 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit for hot peppers. Growth slows at 80 degrees Fahrenheit for sweet peppers and 95 degrees Fahrenheit for hot peppers. Hot peppers also must reach full maturity for maximum flavor. Should be planted close enough that leaves touch, not more than 12" apart. Maturity dates are from time of transplant. 150 plants per 100'. PKT 1/2 g 50 seeds; 3400-4000 seeds'oz. CULTURE: Plant indoors 1"-2" apart in flats, 8-10 weeks before transplanting to 2"-3" pots when true leaves appear. Plant outside 10"-12" between plants, rows 18" apart. Also can double up plants 6" apart, 12" between couples. Deep bed spacing is 12" apart. SEASON: Warm season. plant 2-4 weeks after last frost or when soil temperature reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Growing temperature 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. SOIL: Slightly acid pH 6.0-6.8. MIN. SOIL TEMP: Above 80 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum germination. GERMINATION: 14 days. Peppers take about 50% longer to germinate than tomatoes. Don't over water. COMPANION PLANT: Most vegetables and herbs. NOT onions, garlic, gladiolus, potatoes. PESTS: BACTERIAL SPOT: Rotate crops. TOBACCO MOSAIC: Eliminate host nightshade weed, do not allow smokers to handle seedlings unless hands are washed. APHIDS: Control with beneficial insects or soap sprays.

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