I love hot peppers, all types of them. My brother in law gave me some seedlings and some peppers and I tried this year to grow indoors hot peppers. I had 3 peppers and I use the seeds and 4 seedlings. From the 3 peppers I got lots of seeds but in the end I got only 4 plants. The big ones are from my brother in law and the small ones are mine. I have 4 plants of the hottest pepper in the world. Can’t wait to see the peppers. It will go great in my Red chili jam.
I have “Bird Eye Demon”, “Bishops Hat”, “Carolina Reaper” and “Habanero White” and other but I don’t remember the name. This is the first time when I try to grow them so it is a process. I will keep you inform about my progress.
What I learnt so far:
- Growing your own chili peppers is a great project if you love hot peppers and want to have your own supply.
- Chili seeds don’t need to be planted very deep.
- The multi cell trays will make for easier and safer transplanting later on.
- You should use a good quality, general-purpose compost, do not use garden soil.
- Because you’re growing the chilies inside, it doesn’t really matter what time of year you plant.
- Indoors, you may have better luck growing smaller chili varieties, such as habaneros and cayenne peppers.
- As the seeds germinate over the next two to four weeks, keep the soil moist, but not soggy, as the seeds germinate and sprout.
- You can cover the seed pots with a plastic lid or a clear plastic bag – it will reduce how much you have to water.
- Make sure that the temperature stays above 65 °F (18.3 °C and keep the seeds in this location until they start to sprout.
- Uncover the sprouts and transfer them to a bright window.
- The plants will need to get at least six hours of bright sunlight a day. If you do not have a sunny window, then you can also use a fluorescent tube light to help the plants grow.
- The first transplant will happen when the new sprouts have two to four sets of leaves.
- A balanced fertilizer is one that contains equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium such as 10-10-10 or 2-2-2. A fish and kelp emulsion or concentrated liquid fertilizer is a good option.
- Harvest chilies when the peppers become shiny and bright.
- To ensure your chilies survive indoors, you’ll have to maintain a daytime temperature of about 80 F (27 C), and a nighttime temperature of about 70 F (21 C). You can keep the plant warm by:
- Keeping it in a greenhouse
- Installing an artificial light 3 inches (7.6 cm) above the plant
- Placing the plant on a heating mat
I am still learning and I need all the help that I can get. Write me if I do something wrong or I need to adjust something.