Welcome To Grow Hot Peppers
Hi! I'm Dominica, and I'm here to help you start growing peppers at home. Have you pictured what your chile harvest is going to look like? Great, because it's about to happen! Let's do this together by beginning with the basics.
First, Here's The Type Of Growing We'll Be Doing
There are a lot of ways to grow peppers and plants in general. For example, directly in the ground, aeroponics, hydroponics, containers, smart growing systems, etc..
For clarity, I focus on growing in containers.
The reason is because I want the information to be applicable to everyone. Even if you decide to use another growing method later, you'll still be able to apply these beginning steps.
I also teach you how to start peppers from seed.
This can be a bit more challenging, but I recommend starting from seed because it gives you the freedom to grow any chile variety you want.
Lastly, I show you how to grow your pepper seedlings indoors.
Indoor growing allows you to start your seeds as early as you want, and avoids problems with outdoor weather conditions.
Next, Setting Expectations
Growing peppers can take a few tries before you get it right. I'm about to give you information that will bypass a lot of the learning curve, but things can still happen beyond your control. That's normal when it comes to gardening.
It really helps to adopt the mindset that you're going to figure this out, and even if it doesn't work the first time, it doesn't mean you failed. Once you successfully grow your peppers, you'll have customized growing methods that work for particular specific setup and location.
Let's Get Started
Step 1: Subscribe To My Free Email Newsletter
Besides regular growing tips, you'll also get free downloadable resources. These lists and cheat sheets will help you follow along with each step and complete each task much easier. This is what you'll get:
- Pepper Seed Vendor List
- Pepper Seed Germination Cheat Sheets
- Pepper Fertilization Cheat Sheets
- Pepper Pests and Diseases Cheat Sheets
Step 2: Choose The Peppers That You Want To Grow
The link below helps you narrow down varieties by color, heat level and size.
PEPPER GARDEN PLANNING
Step 3: Select Your Pepper Seeds
This may seem simple, but there's actually a lot that goes into it. For example, do you want to grow heirloom peppers, or do you not mind growing hybrids? (Don't worry if you're unfamiliar with these terms because I wrote a post explaining these differences so you can pick what's right for you.)
Also, you'll need to know where to get the seeds you want. If you're looking for varieties beyond the usual bell, jalapeno or cayenne, this can be tricky. (Even frustrating if you purchase from a dishonest source.)
The links below provide all the information you need.
Step 4: Start Your Pepper Seeds
Starting your seeds includes knowing when to plant, testing seed viability and setting your seeds up for germination.
Testing viability gives you a better idea of whether the seeds can grow under good conditions. You don't want to lose precious grow time -- especially if you're a business -- and this valuable practice can save you some headaches.
Germination is when the seed wakes up from dormancy and begins to grow. You can use different methods to germinate your seeds. Some growers have problems germinating seeds the conventional way (e.g., sowing seed in a seed-starting mix). This is why I provide different techniques that you can try.
The Mini Hothouse I Use To Germinate My Pepper Seeds
Jumpstart Germination Station
with Heat Mat on Amazon
This germination station by Jumpstart is what I use to get all my seeds to sprout. [Full Disclosure: As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission if you purchase using my link.]
I really like this product because it comes with a heat mat, which is essential for providing the correct temperature to germinate seeds. It also has a high dome lid that accommodates taller planting mediums like peat pots, if that's what you choose to use.
Step 5: Set Up A Plant Light To Grow Your Peppers Indoors Before They Go Outside
After your pepper seeds germinate, they need a proper light source to keep growing. This source can range from a fluorescent lamp (you may already have this) to a more specialized light for indoor growing.
The link below will help familiarize you with three common types of plant lights.
The Plant Light I Use To Start My Pepper Plants Indoors
Hydrofarm Agrobrite T5 Indoor Plant Light on Amazon
I've used this indoor grow light by Hydrofarm for years now, and I really love it. [Full Disclosure: As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission if you purchase using my link.]
This lamp produces double the light energy of normal fluorescent systems. It has attachments so you can hang it over your seedlings and ensure they have enough light to keep growing. If you use the germination station I recommend above, this lamp perfectly covers the tray area.
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