Have you been thinking about growing peppers, but you’re not sure if you want to try it yet?
Maybe you don’t want to read gardening books or long, how-to articles. This post is for you.
We’re going to go fast okay? Just a brief snapshot of how to get started…
Quick Chile Pepper Data
Chile plants are actually perennials which are grown as annual herbs. They grow well on erect, compact bushes 1.5 to 2 feet tall.
A single flower grows between the leaf and stem and gives rise to some of the spiciest and sweetest peppers you’ve ever tasted.
The length of hot peppers can vary from 1 to even 7 inches and the colors can range in shades such as gold, red, yellow or green.
Choosing Suitable Peppers
Hot peppers are best grown by the method designated for each type of pepper.
Hot peppers vary in their spiciness, so be sure to choose peppers according to your requirements and the amount of heat that you can handle.
(For example, there’s a big difference between the Trinidad Perfume chile and the Trinidad Moruga pepper!)
Choosing the Proper Soil
Chili peppers thrive in environments that receive copious amounts of sunlight daily as well as soil that is abundant in organic matter.
Your soil should be moisture retentive as well as include a system for getting rid of excess water.
Additionally, the pH of the soil should ideally lie between 5.5 and 6.8, which you can check for by using a soil tester.
Aged garden compost should be introduced into the beds before planting. A temperature of 65ºF or more is the ideal soil rating for peppers.
Hot chile peppers grow very well in temperatures between 70º and 95º F. Transplants are a very good way to grow peppers.
Begin seed indoors around 4 to 6 weeks prior to the date set for planting peppers in your garden. The peppers can be seeded in your garden or transplanted around 2 or 3 weeks following the final frost in spring.
If the temperature goes above 85ºF, these pepper plants may drop their blossoms, but the fruit will certainly ripen.
Hot weather is tolerated by hot peppers better than the sweet peppers.
Spacing Your Garden Properly
Sow hot pepper seeds about 2 to 3 mm deep and 18-24 inches apart. The rows should be spaced 24-36 inches apart.
Two seeds should be sown to each spot so that you can choose to cultivate the stronger plant when they germinate.
When the peppers are 5 to 6 inches tall, they can be transplanted to your garden. Make sure to plant them where they’ll get at least 8 hours of sunlight to help them stay strong in an outdoor environment.
Dry soil can cause flower drop. Make sure to keep the peppers moist, though not wet, when blossoms begin to appear and fruits start to form.
Introduce aged compost into beds before planting as well as at mid-season.
After chile plants form, water more frequently.
There you have it. If you want to learn more, be sure to check out our Start page for all essential growing information.