Chilli Bishops Crown (Bishop’s Hat or Christmas Bell Pepper) MILD

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Growing Chilli Bishop’s Crown, also known as Bishop’s Hat or Christmas Bell Pepper, can be an exciting addition to your garden due to its unique shape and mild heat. Here’s a guide to help you grow them successfully:

  1. Climate and Location: Chilli Bishop’s Crown plants thrive in warm weather and plenty of sunlight. Plant them in a location that receives full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day. Ensure the soil temperature is consistently above 70°F (21°C) for optimal growth. These plants can also be grown in containers, making them suitable for patios or balconies.
  2. Soil Preparation: Use well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Bishop’s Crown peppers prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Amend the soil with compost, peat moss, or well-rotted manure to improve fertility and drainage.
  3. Planting: Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Plant the seeds in seed-starting trays or small pots filled with seed-starting mix. Plant the seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep and keep the soil consistently moist until germination, which typically takes 7-14 days. Transplant seedlings outdoors after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. Space the plants about 18-24 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.
  4. Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases, and water at the base of the plants instead.
  5. Fertilization: Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer or one formulated for peppers. Apply a balanced fertilizer at planting time and then side-dress with compost or a low-nitrogen fertilizer during the growing season. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates.
  6. Support: While Bishop’s Crown pepper plants are generally compact and bushy, providing support can help prevent the heavy fruit from weighing down the branches. Consider using small stakes or cages to support the plants as they grow.
  7. Pruning: Bishop’s Crown pepper plants typically do not require extensive pruning. However, you can pinch off any small shoots that develop in the leaf axils to encourage bushier growth and higher yields.
  8. Harvesting: Bishop’s Crown peppers typically mature in 70-90 days after transplanting. Harvest the peppers when they reach their full size and have turned their mature color, which can range from green to red or yellow, depending on the variety. Use sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut the peppers from the plant, leaving a short stem attached.

By following these tips, you can successfully grow Chilli Bishop’s Crown peppers and enjoy a bountiful harvest of unique and mildly spicy peppers. They are perfect for stuffing, grilling, or adding visual interest to dishes.

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