chartim(7A)March 31, 2011

How deep should pepper transplants be set in garden soil?

Pot level or deep like tomatoes.


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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Hi Tim - you'll do better posting this over on the Vegetable Gardening forum or on the Growing Peppers forum. The focus of this forum is canning and preserving foods.

My personal opinion is pot deep since peppers don't really form adventitious roots off the stem as tomatoes do.


Here is a link that might be useful: Vegetable Gardening forum

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 11:52PM
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We plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc in individual "wells". We live in a hot, dry area and this helps retain water around the plant and prevents runoff.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 12:07AM
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Thank you for the reply

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 1:14AM
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We always plant our peppers deep like tomatoes. Here in the high mountain desert at an altitude of 5600', and with our soil loaded with sand (even though it is highly amended) it is easier keeping the soil evenly moist by planting down and forming wells up. Crystal

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 2:27PM
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Here in TN peppers are not planted deep like tomatoes. They're prone to "black leg" and too many wont make it. They're planted at the level the grew naturally.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2011 at 1:54AM
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RuthieG__TX(z8 TX)

I plant my peppers just a little above the original pot..As far as I know, peppers don't make roots along the stem the way tomatoes do and I would be worried that the buried stem might rot........

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 11:01AM
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I don't know whether peppers make roots along the length of the stems or not - by the time they are done producing, I forget to look:) Years ago, we had experienced gardeners living nearby tell us plant to the first true leaves as with tomatoes and I've never had one rot. Since it worked for them and works for me, I do it. The moisture is more even further down in this sandy/loam soil and further away from the blistering sun. At this altitude, and because we don't get much rain and therefore hand-water mostly, just makes it easier. As many others on this forum, we are old enough to claim easier as a necessity! LOL

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 1:50PM
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