Capsicums are the sweet cousins of chillies, so if you can’t handle the heat, grow capsicums instead!  They’re a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, so they’re great for your health and look fab in the garden, too. Also, did you know the only difference between green and red fruit is the maturity? Red is more mature and sweeter - all the more reason to leave them on the plant until ripe for picking!

How to grow capsicum in a garden

  1. Choose a spot that receives plenty of sun and is well protected from strong winds  
  2. Prior to planting, improve your soil by digging in Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed.  
  3. Sow seeds direct or start them in pots or trays filled with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Firm down and keep moist. Transplant seedlings when 5-7cm high.
  4. As seedlings grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate and make sure they are well watered. A layer of organic mulch, such as pea or lucerne straw will help hold moisture in the soil. 


How to grow capsicum in a pot

  1. Choose a good sized pot, at least 500mm diametre and position in a sunny spot  that’s well protected from strong winds
  2. Fill seed raising trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Mixing Mix, sow seeds, firm down and keep moist. Once seedlings are 5-7cm tall, fill pot with Yates Premium Potting Mix and transplant one plant per pot as it will need room to grow. 
  3. Feed seedlings weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate

Yates varieties

Capsicum 'Colour Salad Selection'

A collection of bold-coloured peppers in a range of interesting shapes and sizes. The bright, grassy flavour of green capsicums contrasts with delicate-tasting orange, vivid purple, and rich, sweet red peppers.

Capsicum 'Corno di Toro'

Corno di Toro or 'Bull’s Horn' peppers are an Italian heirloom. The distinctive curved horn-shaped peppers have a deliciously sweet flavour.

Capsicum 'Giant Bell'

Peppers from your own garden are always the sweetest! Large, glossy green fruit changing to a rich sweet red at maturity. Sensational flavour when roasted, stuffed, char-grilled, sautéed or sliced raw into salads.

Growing tips

  • Capsicums are usually self supporting but heavy crops may require some support for the plants. Take care when hammering in stakes – keep them well outside the root area.

  • In areas with really hot summers, consider using a 30-50 per cent shade cloth to prevent sun scald.

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Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.