Planting capsicum is like a challenging journey to me. Since last year I've been trying to harvest capsicum from my garden. Somehow most of the attempts didn't turn out good.
So I put the blames on,
- Myself for wrong timing of planting (I planted towards the end of hot season), capsicum would be dormant plant during cooler season, worse scenarios they would die.
- The seeds that I used - most of the packed seeds I used did not germinate well, old seeds I guess.
- The planting guides that I read, to put the seeds in the hottest spot of the garden, to warm the soil (soil can be to too dry and will not germinate at all).
However, I found the solutions for the failures,
- If you live in the country that experiencing cool and hot weather, the best time to plant capsicum is towards the end of cooler season. Somehow in the hot country you can plant capsicum anytime except during wet season.
- Fresh seeds from the ripe capsicum that we got from supermarket would be better than packed seeds. It germinates faster and give better results (can keep at least for 3-5 months).
- Forget about gardening guides, just plant in normal way like the other types of chili. Sow seeds, watering twice a day (moisture soil would help in germination faster). Put NPK fertilizer regularly after 1 month old (if the plant too young/small it would die) to help for growth and fruiting.
- 5 capsicum plants planted 12/6/5 (3 months old) are fruiting now and can even harvest green.
- Another 7 plants, planted a month after also growing good and healthy and branching (soon will start flowering)
What to do with capsicum?
As topping for nice homemade pizza,salad with nice dressing, vege for fried rice, fried mix vege with oyster sauce and meat.
Details on the progress : Live Updates - Capsicum