Capsicum colour and crunch

Capsicums are always handy to have in your kitchen. Whether you eat them crunchy and raw in salads, marinate, stuff or roast them, or create flavoursome dips, stir fries and frittatas, they’re a versatile, healthy and vitamin rich vegie.

Capsicums are easy to grow at home, in either a vegie patch or in pots, and just a few plants will provide you with fresh capsicums for many months.

Yates® Capsicum ‘Giant Bell’ is a vigorous capsicum variety that has bright green fruit which change to a rich sweet red at maturity. They can be eaten at any stage, green or red.

Here are the easy steps to grow your own capsicums:

·      Throughout Australia during December, sow Yates Capsicum Giant Bell seeds 6 mm deep, direct where they are to grow or seedlings can be raised in trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix and transplanted into their final position when they’re 5-7 cm tall.

·         To promote improved soil and healthy plant growth, enrich the soil before sowing with some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.

·      For pot grown capsicums, choose a pot at least 30 cm wide with good drainage holes and fill with a quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.

·       Keep the soil moist and seedlings should pop up in 10 -14 days.

·         Once the seedlings are established, regularly applying a potassium boosted plant food like Yates Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Fertiliser will promote healthy leaf growth as well as lots of flowers that will turn into delicious capsicums.

Capsicums can start to be picked around 10 – 12 weeks after sowing. Pick fruit regularly to prolong the harvest.

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