Growing Hot Pepper Plants

Peppers are easy to grow and spice up many different foods. Learn how to grow your own pepper plant.

Pepper Pots

Pepper Pots

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Even the blandest of foods can be spiced up with the addition of fresh chili pepper. For the quickest results, small fruiting plants can be bought from nurseries or specialist growers, but they are also easy to grow from the wide variety of seeds available. Look for the long, thin "Pinocchio’s Nose," which can reach 12 inches long and turns red when ripe, or the stubbier "Hungarian Hot Wax;" but remember, color and size is no indicator of hotness. Take care when handling the fruits and seeds and wash your hands, as inadvertently rubbing your eyes can be very painful.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 x chili pepper "Golden Cayenne"
  • 1 x chili pepper "Pinocchio’s Nose"
  • 1 x chili pepper "Fillius Blue"
  • 1 x chili pepper "Hungarian Hot Wax"
  • 1 x chili pepper "Prairie Fire"
  • 1 x chili pepper "Cayenne"

Container Basics

Size 8x8 inches pot per plant
Suits Any style of garden
Soil Rich multi-purpose compost
Site Greenhouse, conservatory, or sheltered windowsill in full sun

Planting and Aftercare

Sow seed according to packet at a temperature of 68–77 degrees F in a 50/50 mix of vermiculite and multi-purpose compost. Sow one or two seeds per small pot and lightly cover them with a sprinkling of vermiculite. Keep moist using tepid water and do not over water. Germination can be in 10–14 days, but may take considerably longer. Transplant when the roots have filled the existing container—chilies do like to be tight in their pots. When the flowers begin to form, start feeding the chilies with a liquid fertilizer and keep in a warm spot. Keep over winter for an even better crop in the second year.

Chili pepper "Golden Cayenne" (image 1)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

Chili pepper "Pinocchio’s Nose" (image 2)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

Chili pepper "Fillius Blue" (image 3)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

Chili pepper "Hungarian Hot Wax" (image 1)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

Chili pepper "Prairie Fire" (image 2)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

Chili pepper "Cayenne" (image 3)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

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