Over the past few months I must have sown over a thousand capsicum seeds. None of the seeds ever seemed to germinate so I'd put in more, wait a bit, nothing would happen, I'd sow some more... you get the idea. Then all of a sudden, they were everywhere! I think there must be at least 100 that have popped up around the garden, under things, over things, in the middle of things, lol, really everywhere. Only a few are flowering so far, and I haven't actually grown any before so I read up on a bit about them and here is what I have learnt.
Capsicums won't germinate in the cold, they like a soil temperature of between 18 - 35 degrees Celsius. Which would explain why the seeds I planted in the middle of winter weren't going anywhere. All of the plants that have popped up in my garden are from seeds I saved from capsicums we ate, big ones, little ones, red ones, blue ones (that's a fib, just checking to see you are still paying attention), and my favourites, little orange and yellow ones. So the seeds are really easy to harvest and keep, I just kind of scrape them out of the fruit and dry them out in a bowl for a couple of weeks.
Capsicums like lots of compost and aged manure, but not too much water, apparently they like to dry out in between waterings.
And the most exciting thing I learnt about capsicums, although I'm not convinced that I believe it yet, is that at first they are green, and then as they mature they go yellow, then red, then orange!