When to plant
Capsicums can be grown in most parts of Australia. Check with garden centres and hardware stores for varieties available in your local area.
- In most areas it is easy to grow capsicums from spring to autumn.
- In cold climates, grow capsicums as a summer to early autumn crop with plenty of shelter from cold winds.
- In the tropics and subtropics, capsicums grow year-round but are most productive from spring to autumn and often last several seasons.
To keep on picking capsicums, make several repeat plantings.
- Capsicums need warmth to grow so wait until all threat of cold and frost is gone before planting them out into a warm, sunny part of the vegetable garden.
- Select a location which receives full sun but protects from winds which can break the stems.
- They can be grown in pots, but do not overcrowd them. An advantage of a pot is that they can be moved around to catch the sun and miss the wind.
- Companion plant with carrot, onions, tomatoes and herbs such as oregano.
Get the soil right to harvest a bumper crop of delicious capsicum.
Follow our steps for easy soil preparation.
- Capsicums are related to tomatoes and grown in the same way with rich, well-drained soil and reliable moisture.
- Dig in compost or well-rotted manure before planting or apply Seasol Liquid Compost.
- In areas with heavy or poorly drained soils, grow capsicums in raised garden beds.
- A soil rich in nutrients helps build strong plants so add Seasol Plant + Soil Booster (100g per square metre) and a fertiliser such as PowerFeed Controlled Release Tomatoes & Vegetables.
- Water in well and let the soil rest for a week or two.