The frustration of stunted pepper plants… I’m sure at some point, you might experience what it’s like to have your chillies grow at a snail’s pace. (I sure have!) Readers often ask me the following question:Q: What Do You Do When Your Pepper Plants Grow Really Slow After Germination?You’ll get your seeds to sprout, but sometimes […]
When you’re just starting out, it’s hard to narrow down the chillies you want to grow. I mean, Wikipedia estimates that there are over 50,000 varieties of Capsicum cultivars (pepper plants). (I’m sure most of these are delicious, but let’s make this best tasting peppers list simpler.) Here’s the criteria for my “best” list… The pepper […]
Every once in awhile, I ask my email list what their biggest pain point is with growing peppers. Many people reply that they need help with pests, specifically how to get rid of fungus gnats! Fungus gnats are those tiny, fly-looking insects that get everywhere. They crawl on top of soil, hover around plant leaves and […]
(Note: This post is part of the Start Growing Peppers series. Be sure to check out that page so you don’t miss anything.) You can start your peppers by simply sowing a few seeds and then waiting to see what pops up. It’s much safer to test pepper seed viability first. Why? A viability test can give […]
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 […]