That's why we're offering this cute 'grow-your-own' set for organic sweet 'Piquillo' peppers. The pack contains everything you need: a grow-bag, potting compost, a pack of sweet pepper seeds and a label with clear instructions on how to grow-your-own.
With all of this, you too can grow-your-own fresh sweet peppers on your windowsill!
The small, cone-shaped Piquillo peppers are red and delicate, and are undeniably flavoursome.
Jute grow-bag with handy hanger - approx. 24 cm high.
|Latin name:||Solanum annuum 'Piquillo'|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||July - October|
|Flowering:||May - September|
|Growing Height:||40 - 60 cm|
Sweet pepper seeds need no prior treatment but steeping them in lukewarm water overnight will encourage germination.
How to Sow
Sweet peppers love heat and can be sown indoors from the beginning of March in the greenhouse or mini greenhouse with small pots... or just a simple seed tray. The mini greenhouse, pots or tray is really the simplest way. Most ideal if you arrange some soil warming. Use a pot filled with fine potting compost and plant only 1 seed per pot. Cover to a max. of 0.5 cm, then sprinkle with water and stand in a sunny windowsill. Depending on temperature, germination will occur within 10 days. Gradually reduce humidity by opening the vents on the mini greenhouse, or pricking holes in the plastic film held in place over the seed tray by bamboo skewers. Acclimatise the seedlings once they reach 10 cm - remove the lid or plastic for one hour longer each day for 5 days. Then you can pot them up into larger pots.
Pour the soil loosely into the grow-bag and plant 4-6 seeds around 2 mm deep in the soil. Stand your windowsill garden in a warm, light spot. Spray regularly to keep the soil moist.
Once the plants are 4 weeks old, add some organic plant food to your watering can.
NB: The grow-bag is not 100% waterproof and may leak so stand it on a saucer to catch excess water.
Instructions for use:
Once your peppers are forming on the plant, you will see a kind of dark sheen come over the green peppers. This is the start of the colouring and ripening process. You could also harvest them now to encourage new fruit to set and grow. Just cut off with a sharp knife. If you allow them to hang on the plant during good summer weather, the sweet peppers will turn red (or whatever other colour you have). By harvesting the first green peppers you will increase the yield. Expect 3-5 large fruits from outdoor plants. Those grown in the greenhouse can produce as much as 2 or 3 times more.
Contents: special potting compost and a pack of seeds.