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Outdoor peppers & chillis

Outdoor pepper plants at Lubera

Peppers offer much for our palate with their aromatic and mild to hot taste. Check out our range of outdoor pepper plants at Lubera!

   
 
Outdoor Pepper 'Roter Augsburger'

The red outdoor pepper that ripens early and has a good aroma

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Pepper 'Sweet Banana'

The pointed pepper for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Pepper 'Sweet Chocolate'

The pepper with chocolate brown, sweet fruits for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Pepper 'Würzpaprika Fresno'

The vivacious pepper with good spiciness

From £4.90 *

Tomato Fleece / Plant Protection Cover

For protecting tomatoes during cold weather

£6.40 *

   
 

More information about outdoor pepper plants and chillis

 

The varieties of the genus Capsicum (belonging to the nightshade family) come with a variety of names - pepper, chilli. They are equally variable in size and colour. Our outdoor pepper plants often offer fruit that are mild, aromatic representatives that contain hardly any capsaicin (i.e. sharpness level 0). However, there is also a spicy-hot variety such as Fresno, which is suitable for growing outdoors. All in all, Lubera's suitable sweet pepper varieties for the open field are usually elongated, pointed, small-fruited types that ripen better than the classic block peppers.

 

 

Outdoor pepper and chilli plants from the Lubera garden shop

 

Most home gardeners offer their plants a protected place in a small greenhouse or in a pot on the balcony. With our selection of varieties, however, you can also dare to cultivate peppers in cooler regions and enjoy a rich harvest. For example, the variety ‘Roter Augsburger’ is best suited for an area with short summers.

For the sake of honesty, it should be mentioned that inhabitants of climatically favourable wine-growing regions have a clear advantage when growing peppers. However, if you take into account our tips for planting (e.g. the use of dark fleece), it is possible to improve site conditions. Overall, the harvesting of field peppers takes place somewhat later than peppers grown in a greenhouse.

 

Buy open-pollinated peppers from Lubera

 

Lubera focuses on cultivating open-pollinated (true to seed) pepper plants that are specially adapted to the needs of home gardeners. This means that you can reuse the seeds obtained from their fruits and produce plants with the same characteristics as the mother plant. Lubera's outdoor pepper plant varieties combine seed firmness, a good aroma and above all a high tolerance to disease.

However, if you have planted out different varieties of peppers, they may crossbreed with each other. This allows for your own creative breeding in your garden!

 

Planting outdoor pepper and chilli plants

 

Peppers love warmth, lots of sun and a place sheltered from the wind. The soil should be rich in humus - it is best to improve it beforehand with horn shavings or compost. The young outdoor pepper plants are planted out after the last frosts in May.

Expect a planting distance of 40-50 centimetres in the row and about 60 centimetres between the rows.

We recommend that you cover the ground with black mulch fleece and place the plants in the appropriate slots.

A dark fleece is advantageous for field peppers from several points of view:

In addition to reduced water evaporation, suppression of weeds and the formation of microorganisms in the soil, the soil warms up much better. Because of the heat stored in the soil, the harvesting of sweet peppers/chillies in the field also starts earlier. Alternatively, it is recommended to provide the soil with a mulch layer.

Outdoor pepper plants should already be given a support stick when they are planted.

 

Care and fertilisation

 

Pinching out peppers
 

You can pinch out your outdoor pepper plants, but it is not a must. However, the main shoot will be strengthened and more fruit may be produced.

 

Remove the terminal bud

 

The terminal bud in peppers is the first flower at the end of the stem between the main shoot and the first side shoot. To stimulate vegetative growth (more leaf mass, more flowers), it can be broken out or twisted with a finger.

 

Fertilise

 

Liquid fertilisers are well suited for outdoor pepper plants, but you can also easily incorporate ‘Lubera's Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus’ into the soil - the soil then benefits from the organic matter it contains. Alternatively, you can use nettle liquid manure as a fertiliser.

 

Harvesting

 

In our latitudes, harvesting can usually take place relatively late in the year (September) but can continue until autumn, i.e. until the first frost. The fruits are ripe when the colour has changed from green to the expected variety colour. Green fruits can also be eaten, as they do not contain solanine, unlike tomatoes.

 

Overwintering

 

Peppers can be overwintered - it can even have a positive effect on next year's yield. The plants should move into their winter quarters before the first frost. This should be bright and not too cold (about 10 degrees Celsius).

 

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