How to Grow Hot Chili Peppers from Seed
Growing hot chili peppers from seed on your own can be a very rewarding experience. This is because most supermarkets stock a very poor selection of hot chili peppers that don’t give you any motivation to eat them. Even though your local store or nursery has a better selection of plants, you will be surprised to know that a huge variety is available when you start growing hot chili peppers from seed. And as the popularity of hot chili peppers continues growing, there has been expanding varieties of plants available.
For people living in areas that have a warm climate all round, hot chili peppers seeds can be sown directly into the garden. Having a greenhouse will even be much better for you and will make the entire processing of growing hot chili peppers from seed incredibly easy. However, if you don’t fit in any of these two categories, it is still possible for you to grow hot chili peppers from seeds as well. A simple, plain approach will deliver results and deliver as per your expectations. The three main ingredients that you will need are seedling, soil mix and trays/containers for growing them.
Having good soil is very important and this will determine your success in growing hot chili peppers from seeds. Fortunately for you, most discount stores or nurseries have a wide range of some very good seed growing mixes that you should consider buying as they work incredibly well. Opting for them makes things much easier as you won’t have to worry about measuring or doing any mixing. But just in case you are interested in making your own mixture, you just need to use 1/3 of good garden soil and avoid using clay soil due to its bad compacting, 1/3 of vermiculite growing medium and finally, 1/3 of the mixture should be sand. Most varieties of hot chili peppers really love sand a lot and you will need to ensure that the growing soil contains sand as well. It is also of paramount importance that excellent drainage is provided as well and all three ingredients need to be mixed together very well.
The next most important thing that you will need to grow hot chili peppers from seeds are the trays or containers. Plastic grow-packs are a perfect option to use for between 6 and 12 plants as well as peat pots or peat pellets. With these containers, you will be able to cover the plants incredibly tight with a ‘cling- wrap’ after you have watered them. This means that the soil will be able to stay moist for a longer time at high temperatures. Once the seedlings have emerged, consider removing the cling wrap and put your seedling/soil mix in the containers. Make sure that you don’t fill your containers to the top but leave about up to an inch so that you can water them well without runoff.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Just like everything else, you will need to choose the most ideal location when growing hot chili peppers from seeds, preferrably a warm, sunny windowsill. Remember for your seedlings to grow properly, you will need to provide them with not less than six hours of sunlight. If you are able to provide more sunlight the better, as your hot chili peppers plants are going to grow incredibly faster. It is essential that you coax your hot chili peppers seeds both during the germination stage and also the transplant stage. Always remember that hot chili peppers trace their origins to a tropical environment. With some patience, you will be able to enjoy a robust, healthy and prolific chili plant.
SOURCE: Hepi Patel