What a Pepper Prefers
- Sun: Full
- Moisture: Lots of it - peppers love water
- Soil Fertility: High
- Soil pH:Slightly acidic
- Other Soil Characteristics: Loose, well-drained
- What to Plant: Transplants
- Spacing: 18” between plants; 24” between rows (chiles plants are variable in their size; refer to seed packet or transplant tag)
- Planting Depth: Seeds - 1/4”; Transplants at soil level
*Don’t let these preferences stop you from trying. These conditions are what a pepper PREFERS.
How to Grow Some Peppers
If you lack nerves in your tongue, enjoy melting concrete with food, or your masculinity is threatened by the prospect of growing vegetables you can always try growing “Bhut Jolokia” or “Trinidad Scorpion”. These are among the hottest known chiles - read: inedible, dangerous, blister-raising. A tea made of their flesh is said to make an excellent pesticide.
I prefer fairly standard bell/sweet peppers like “California Wonder” but also enjoy “Sweet Chocolate”, “Purple Beauty”, and “Shishito”.
Chiles/hot peppers are amazingly diverse - I love almost all of them. Some favourites include “Burmese Reaching-To-The-Sky”, “Pasilla Bajo” and “Chocolate Habanero”. “Anaheim” chiles are a community favourite in this neck of the woods.
Below: Seed Sowing, Bed Preparation, Planting, Maintenance, Harvesting, Cooking