This vegetable is not so popular in Kerala as in north Indian states and other countries. In Kerala, it is known as capsicum or Unda Mulake. However, usage of this vegetable has increased nowadays in Kerala. It is a rich source of vitamin C.
Hungarian Wax, California Wonder, Yolo wonder, Sweat Cherry pickling, Arka Basant, Arka Gourav are some of the promising varieties of Bell Pepper.
Apply well rotten kitchen waste or cow dung powder as basal manure. Fertilizers @ 750 grams Urea, 2 kg Super phosphate and 200 grams Murate of potash per 100 sq m may also be added in channels before planting.
Bacterial wilt and Mosaic disease is the main threat to Bell Pepper. Destroy infected plants as soon possible to control this. Spraying of 1% Bordeo-mixture once in a month is very effective to control wilt.
Harvest can be started 90 days after sowing. Harvest will last for 2-3 months. We may get 1 to 2.5 kg of yield from a plant.