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the bag over and cut two squares/holes for your seedlings. If required, plant a stake along-
side each seedling, though prior to seedling planting to avoid potential root damage, or use
a cage for support.
Hanging Baskets - In areas where space is limited, hanging baskets are an ideal
way to grow certain varieties of peppers. Similar to what was said about pot size, you
should seek a basket of sufficient size and depth for your plant. Use one of at least 12
inches (30 cm) in diameter and one which is as deep as you can find. If the basket isn't
lined, buy some liner from your local garden center - coconut fiber is typically used. If you
are using a basket from previous years, always use fresh liner as disease can be transferred
over. Due to the size of a basket, only plant one seedling per basket. Also remember that
as baskets tend to be shallower, these will tend to dry out quickly and so you must be vi-
gilant. There has been a trend in recent years to minimize space used when growing plants
outdoors by growing the plants upside-down. The quickest and cheapest way to do this is
to grow your plant in an inverted bucket. To prepare the bucket, cut a hole in the base of
the bucket (along with sufficient drainage holes) and place your seedling in here. Fill the
remainder of the bucket with soil/compost and hang from a wall bracket allowing the plant
to grow freely downwards. Take care however if growing plants with heavy fruit, as their
weight as they mature can cause them to fall off the plant and to damage stems. In such
cases, you should harvest when the peppers are small.
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