Have you ever wanted to grow Jalapeños and some of the hottest peppers in the world, such as the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chili) or Chocolate Habanero, in containers? You can do this even if you are brand new to pepper growing!
If you’ve ever had problems getting your pepper seeds to germinate, this article is for you. Some chile seeds require special handling before they can sprout. Using a few lesser-known techniques, you can get your seeds to germinate quicker than ever before.
You have a lot of options when it comes to how and when you fertilize (feed) your chili peppers. As you become an experienced grower, you’ll develop your own preferences based on your climate, soil conditions and pepper growing environment (for example, in a pot or in the ground). If you’re new to chillies and even if you’ve already grown a few plants, this can all be very confusing. Below is an example feeding schedule for those who start pepper [...]
Water is essential to the growth of your chili peppers, but did you know that too much hydration can actually kill your plants? If you’ve ever seen your pepper seedlings wilt and fall over, your chillies have been affected, which is often referred to as “damping off.” Hot peppers of all growth stages are at risk for this problem, but fortunately, you can use the bottom-watering technique to hydrate your chillies from underneath the growth container. This way, peppers only [...]
Your hot peppers need to have a seed-starting soil mixture that supports their nutrition and hydration needs so that pepper seeds turn into seedlings (germinate)and the seedlings grow into strong and healthy plants. This ideal mixture has a combination of materials, which prevents sogginess from water buildup, yet feeds the budding pepper and maintains an ideal soil pH level of between 6.0 to 6.8. Acquire the best soil possible to grow your own hot chili pepper plants. [...]
Hydroponic nutrient employs only liquid vitamin solutions for growing plants instead of soil. This method greatly benefits chili peppers since the growth rate of these pepper plants increases. It is a common misconception that all plants require soil for growing. The soil, in reality, acts only as a reservoir of nutrients. Watering the plant dissolves all the nutrients so that the plant can absorb them. In the hydroponic method, soil is not used and the roots of the plants are just [...]