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Step-By-Step Guide On How To Grow Chili Peppers At Home

Date December 5, 2017 11:01

Growing chili peppers at home is easy, fun, and quite profitable. Not only these small green plants will look amazing on your windows, but they will also provide you with numerous delicious chili peppers you can add to most of the salads and meals.

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And our step-by-step guide will help you succeed at this exciting journey from picking a seed to gathering the harvest.

Why is it so cool to grow a chili pepper at home?

There are many reasons why chili peppers make the perfect plant for your home:

  • chili peppers are easy to grow;
  • they are perennial plants and can keep growing for up to 5-6 years;
  • the plants are quite small, rarely reaching over 20 inches (50 cm);
  • the pepper tree looks gorgeous both with and without the fruits;
  • one plant may give up to 50 peppers at a time;
  • you can have fruits of different colors and shapes on one tree.

Plus, peppers can kill many germs, thus cleaning the air in the room where it is growing.

Now, when you see that growing your own chili pepper is rather a good idea, let's get to the most interesting part – how to grow this amazing plant from a seed.

Growing chili peppers: A step-by-step guide

In order to grow a beautiful, healthy pepper tree, you need to go through a number of stages. Below, you will find some helpful advice on how to succeed at each of them.

1. Picking the strain

First, you need to choose the strain of peppers you are going to grow. Make your choice depending on what you need your peppers for.

If you are going to use the fruits for cooking, stick to the classic strains. The ornamental pepper plants will work best for those who want to have a colorful plant sitting on their window.

2. Choosing the seeds

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It would be better to buy seeds instead of using the ones you have got from a pepper fruit. Traditionally, you can either purchase them at a store or order them online.

3. Preparing the soil

When you have picked the seeds, it is time to think about the soil. You can buy an already prepared mix at a store or make one by combining a bit of hummus, high moor peat, and river sand. Make sure the soil you use is rich in nutrients and drains well; otherwise, the roots of your plant may rot, and you will lose the whole harvest.

4. Germinating the seeds

You need to prepare the seeds before planting them into the soil. Wrap the seeds in a damped paper towel and leave for a couple of days. When you see the first sprouts, plant the seeds into the soil: make a hole about a half inch deep, put the seed on the bottom, and cover it with the soil. Then, cover the pot with a plastic wrap and keep it there until the sprouts get stronger.

5. Growing the plant

There are three things you need to pay special attention to when growing a chili pepper:

  • temperature;
  • lights;
  • water.

Chili peppers love warm temperature and require lots of sunlight, so make sure to put the pots with your peppers on the sunny side of your house. Also, you need to water your peppers regularly. Just do not overwater the plants to prevent the roots from rotting.

Watch the short video below to get a better understanding of the entire process.

Follow these simple instructions, and you will be able to grow an amazing chili pepper at home without putting too much effort into it. And don't forget to share these helpful tips with your friends.

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