Make this season THE season to grow your own peppers. You can grow them in pots. You can grow them in the soil. Whether you like them mild or sweet, or diving in to tantalizing heat, there is a pepper for every taste. If you have access to a greenhouse or a warm sunny window, you can start growing peppers from your own seeds. Starting your plants from seeds is easier on the wallet, and it is an amazing process to watch your plants poke their heads through the soil. If you choose this method, you will need a few supplies: seeds, small growing pots, high quality growing medium, and labels for the pots. When you have your supplies, follow this simple process:
- Fill your growing pots with the growing medium to the top.
- Take a pencil or other pointed object to create a small opening in the growing medium to place the seed.
- In each pot, put ONE seed (they are small). The seeds don’t need to be deep. About 1/4 inch will do the trick.
- Cover the seed with a small amount of growing medium.
- Be sure to label each pot with the pepper variety you are growing using a popsicle stick, plant label, or write the variety of pepper on the pot with a waterproof marker.
- Give each pot a small amount of water.
Now, to get the seeds to germinate, the temperature where the pots are located must be at a steady 80 degrees and sunny. They will germinate if the temperature is a little lower but it will take longer. Keep the pots moist with water. When your peppers pop out of the soil, feel proud of yourself, but now what? Peppers like sun and heat. Take your plants outside to plant in a pot or the soil when ALL danger of frost is past. They don’t like to be out in temperatures less than 40 degrees. Soon, you will witness small flowers, then the fruits form. When it is time to harvest, snip the fruit with scissors and remember to wear gloves if you are handling hot peppers. And if you like your peppers extra hot, cut back on the water before you harvest. Good luck!