PEPPER PLANTS

Asked June 20, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

My pepper plants have been in the ground (raised bed) for nearly 3 weeks, but don't seem to be growing much. Is it the crazy weather, not enough water, what? My zip is 80247. Thanks

Arapahoe County Colorado

1 Response

Hi:

it seems that you're in the South Denver area? It would make a difference to know which kind of peppers you're referring to. Bell peppers don't grow well in the area since they need a long growing season and warm nights. Hot peppers however do well and should not be a problem. But they too want warm nights which we may not have had consistently enough. The sudden heat and very warm strong winds are also hard on plants, especally transplants. You might want to set up some kind of wind protection. All vegetables need fertile soil and moist soil to a depth of about 10 inches, so proper fertilization and mulching the soil are important gardening strategies in this area. I am including two links to some information about vegetable gardening.

http://www.cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/716.pdf
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/711.html


I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if we can answer any other questions.