Plant bell pepper plants 18”-24” apart in rows that are 30”-40” apart.
Direct Seeding Spacing
In most parts of the country, bell peppers are transplanted– not direct seeded. There are several reasons why transplanting already established plants is the preferred method. First, peppers are temperature sensitive. Planting outdoors in uncontrolled conditions will result in much longer germination times as well as failure to germinate under certain conditions.
Because pepper seeds must be planted at such a shallow depth, direct seeding runs the risk that rains or irrigation will wash the seeds away.
Peppers have shallow root systems and should only be planted three to four inches deep. Generally, pepper transplants are spaced 18”-24” apart in rows that are 30”-40” apart. The actual spacing will depend on the variety grown and its growth habit.
Transplants should be hardened off prior to planting in the garden.
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