5 Tips for Growing Hot Peppers. January 15 2015

If you’re an avid gardener and a hot sauce fan, why not try your hand (or green fingers) at growing hot peppers. Depending on your tastes and your heat tolerance, different types of hot peppers have the same requirements in order to grow and flourish. You can even choose to grow multiple peppers at the same time for a bit of variety, and use them to give making your own hot sauce a try. Hot peppers are fairly easy to grow, but make sure you make use of the following five important tips in order for your peppers to grow successfully.

  1. Hot pepper plants grow best in warm, sunny environments. If you live in a cool climate,wait until the winter months are over. Hot peppers will not thrive if they are grown in cold conditions.

  2. In terms of planting soil, hot peppers grow better in moist soil. Even though hot peppers thrive in warm weather, making sure that they get plenty of water and that soil is moist-especially in hot and dry Summer months.

  3. Add plenty of mulch around the hot pepper plants to deter weeds and to retain the moisture of the planting soil. This is where it gets a little more complicated; once the hot peppers begin to develop, switch to a fertilizer that contains higher levels of Potassium and Phosphorous. Go to your nearest nursery or garden centre and get the best advice regarding this fertilizer. Additionally, using a fertilizer that is too high in nitrogen is a common mistake, and will result in a lovely green, healthy plant, but it will bear very few peppers.

  4. Be patient-some peppers take up to 6 weeks to germinate, while others as fast as a week. It’s always a good idea to plant quite a few hot pepper seeds, because as with any living being (yes-plants are alive!), some plants will thrive, while others won’t.

  5. Be sure to cultivate your hot pepper plants. As with most plants, as the pepper plants grow, prune them by snipping at the weaker leaves and leaving the healthy ones.

Once your hot peppers are all grown up, not only will you feel the bursting pride of successful growing and cultivating gorgeous, flourishing plants, as most gardeners do, but the fun begins and you can have a go at experimenting with hot sauce recipes using your freshly grown hot peppers. Depending on how many different types you have grown, you can experiment with combining peppers, pushing heat limits and giving your hot sauces to your friends to try out. Who knows-you may just have a winning recipe that will result in high demand-and if not, you can give yourself a pat on the back for successfully growing delicious hot peppers.