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No matter whether yellow or red, mild or spicy: in order for peppers to thrive, they have to be fertilized from time to time. We'll show you how to do it correctly.Chilli should be fertilized
When it comes to fertilizing paprika plants, opinions differ. Some hobby gardeners consider a single fertilizer to be sufficient when planting, while others believe that the pepper needs regular fertilizer. This is because the pepper is related to the tomato, and it also needs a lot of nutrients to get a good yield.
Many years of experience have been gained in the countries where the peppers are grown in large quantities. Based on this experience, we also advise you to fertilize your paprika plants. When the perfect time for how often you should fertilize your peppers and with what, we will now explain to you in more detail.
How to properly fertilize peppers
➤ Fertilization at planting time:
After preferring the peppers, you can put the plants in the garden in May. If you do that, then you should use this opportunity to add a good slow release fertilizer to the soil. It is important that the fertilizer contains little nitrogen, but plenty of magnesium and other minerals. For example, we recommend the NEUDORFF BioTrissol tomato fertilizer (available here), which is also suitable for peppers. However, only give half of the dose indicated on the pack.
In addition, you can add a little algae extract or fertilizer with phosphorus to the excavated hole. These two components ensure that the plants form roots better and that rooting takes place much faster.
➤ Fertilization during growth:
Then, when the plants are busy growing, you should support them with foliar fertilization. For example, you can make a nettle slurry yourself and use it to fertilize your peppers. Stinging nettle is so good for fertilization because it is rich in minerals.
The use of nettle slurry is very straightforward. Simply put some of the manure in a spray bottle and spray the leaves of the plants regularly with it.
➤ Fertilization during flowering:
Once the flowering period has been reached, you have to supply the paprika plants with minerals again so that they can be flawless and also have a lot of fruit. With fertilizers, it is important that they contain little nitrogen. For this, however, the paprika needs many minerals, especially magnesium, and also various trace elements. This time the plants should receive the full dose of the vegetable fertilizer. In addition, you should also work some rock flour (available here) into the soil.
After a short time you should see a positive effect. If there are already fruits on the bell pepper plants, they bloom again and new fruits are formed shortly afterwards.