Peppers are a popular vegetable to grow in Florida summer gardens, and with such a wide variety of choices, it's no wonder. There are tiny peppers grown solely for ornamentation, there are Datil peppers, long-grown in St. Augustine, sweet bell peppers, and hot chilis.
You can start your peppers from seed indoors in late winter and transplant them to the garden after the last frost. Or you can buy transplants in the spring and plant right away.
Place your pepper plants one-and-a-half to two feet apart in the garden. Like other vegetables, they should be planted in full sun and thrive in well-drained, fertile soil.
Always be careful when handling hot varieties, because your eyes and other body parts can become painfully irritated.
This needs to be rewritten. More detail, more about different peppers
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