How to grow pepper is a question I am asked quite frequently by my friends and neighbors. My answer has always been simple: Find a good grower. And believe me, there are a lot of good growers out there, so finding one shouldn’t be too hard!
Growing Peppers From Seeds. If you have access to a greenhouse and live in a relatively warm climate, you may be able to grow your own fresh peppers from seeds. Unfortunately, growing them from seeds usually requires a significant investment of time and energy, as well as some specialized equipment. However, growing peppers from seed can still be a bit of a challenge for most beginners, but really, it’s really not all that difficult.
A Glass Terrace. This is a glass terrace, lined with a felt liner. You can buy plastic or mesh flooring at your local hardware store. Cut several holes in the bottom of the terrace, two to three inches apart. In each hole, place a half inch of gravel. The reason I say half inch is so that you can have about six inches of gravel in each hole, but not more than ten, because you don’t want your plants crowding together or rotting in the dirt.
Four Medium Greenhouses. When you have decided how to grow your own peppers, you will probably also need to buy some pots and other growing containers. Four medium greenhouses should be plenty for your average sized garden, although you might consider using a larger or smaller pot if you have a large plot of land to work with or plan to cover a large area with plants.
True Leaves. True leaves are always preferred, because they show the true shape and appearance of the plant, unlike the dark green “indoor” foliage that some plants have. The seedlings do not have true leaves until they begin to grow, at which time they will have full growth of both true leaves and seed leaves. They will also have dark green veining on the petals and stomatitis around their edges. These are called nodules.
Two Well Pots. After planting your seeds, you will want to plant a couple of garden style pots on top of each other, about one inch apart. This gives them a chance to get started before you put the real plant into the ground, and it gives you room to work in before you transplant the plant completely out of the soil. Be sure that you plant your plants so that their pots are about two to four inches away from each other when the soil is dry.
Germination Timing. Most people think that they should begin germination after planting the seeds, but in fact, seeds need to be germinating on or before the first frost. Some plants, like many herbs, like to have a warmer weather for germination, but all of them should be planted before the first frost. There is not enough moisture in the soil for the seeds to germinate, so they just stay dormant until the weather warms up. When you do start growing peppers, it’s best to plant them right after a cold snap, because the weather will warm up a lot faster than average. You can also start a seedling kit with extra moist perforated bags that will help the germination process along.
How to Grow Pepper with a Garden Plan. A good way to get started growing your pepper seedlings is to purchase a plan that has an instructional video included with it, so you can see what it takes to care for your garden. Learning how to grow your own peppers can be very easy, if you have a good set of plans to follow. Just be sure that you plant your seeds far enough apart so that they can get the proper amount of sunlight and nutrients.