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Growing and Caring for Peppers, Varieties of Pepper, Trouble Shooting Pepper Plants, Preparing and Preserving Peppers.

Growing Peppers

How to Grow Peppers

Peppers are best started indoors in late winter or early spring. Start from seeds in peat pots or cell packs and then transplant into the garden when night-time temperatures in your region are consistently above 50 degrees.

Pepper Plant Companions

'Companion Planting is the growing together of all those elements and beings that encourage life and growth; the creation of a microcosm that includes vegetables, fruits, trees, bushes, wheat, flowers, weeds, birds, soil, microorganisms, water, nutrients, insects, toads, spiders, and chickens.' - John Jeavons

Staking Pepper Plants Pepper plants, unlike tomatoes and some other vegetables are generally pretty sturdy, but they have been known to break on occasion. Staking pepper plants does have its advantages. It lends support to the plant - maintaining an upright position with proper supports will keep the peppers from dragging the plant down, thus keeping them off the ground where they are vulnerable to insects and disease. Staking can also help prevent sun-scald.


Growing Hotter Peppers. If you are growing hot peppers and have trouble getting the intensity of sizzling masochistic flavor you'd like there are a number of tactics that can be employed to coax your plants to produce hotter peppers.

Hydroponic Peppers Peppers can be grown using hydroponics in any season. It has been proven that growing peppers hydroponically will not only result in an increased yield when properly done, but generally a better quality and larger fruit size as well.

Hydroponic Hot Peppers Producing quality hot peppers in a hydroponic system is slightly different from standard sweet peppers. There are several issues which plague hydroponic gardeners with this type of crop. The most common is flower drop.




Trouble Shooting Pepper Plant Problems

Pepper Plant Diseases Fungus related diseases are the most common in Pepper plants. Plants generally display discoloration, spots and poor growth . Pepper leaves may yellow and drop off. Many of these diseases of pepper plant can be prevented by...

Pepper Plant Pests There are nearly 40 insects that attack pepper plants, sweet varieties more than the hot ones. Frequent inspection and removal are key to controlling or eliminating infestations. Since many insects overwinter in nearby brush and weed, it is a essential that you keep the garden area free of debris.

Plant Nutrient Deficiencies Most garden plant issues arise from insect and disease problems, nutrient deficiencies should only be treated when the disease and insect possibilities have first been explored. So long as the soil is relatively fertile and a proper soil pH is maintained Nutrient deficiencies are generally not a major problem.


Pepper Varieties

Pepper Varieties. For culinary and gastronomical purposes peppers are generally grouped into two categories -Sweet and Hot peppers. Growing varying varieties of peppers together is fine. Unlike some vegetable varieties, such as corn, it will not effect the flavor or appearance of the pepper itself.

Aconcagua Giant Pepper - Aconcagua hails from South America which would lead one to believe it to be a spicy Latino hot pepper, but surprise surprise surprise it is actually very sweet so far as peppers go, not quite as sweet as fruit, but it does have a distant whisper of a fruity flavor while retaining a crispy crunchy texture.

Dragons Breath Chili Pepper A Hotter Hottest Hot Pepper. The Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper once held the title of the Worlds hottest hot peppers, but apparently a British plant breeder Mike Smith in cooperation with the University of Nottingham has come up with a serious contender. In fact this 'contender' is so powerful it not only deals a knockout blow to its competition amongst the hot peppers, it could also knock you out if you eat it.

Jalapeno Peppers are a type of chili pepper . The word jalapeno is is a deviation of the Spanish word meaning "from Jalapa" a city in Mexico, where the pepper was originally cultivated. Jalapenos are an annual that can be grown as a perennial in some zones if protected from frost.



21 Jalapeno Varieties to Try Out There are five species of chili peppers most commonly grown for human consumption. Each of these species has multiple sub species or cultivars leading to the reality that there are actually hundreds of types of hot peppers.

Poblano Peppers are a mild hot pepper only registering 1,000 - 2,000 on the scoville scale although they at times vary widely depending on the variety and growing conditions. A fully ripened red poblano is substantially hotter than an immature green poblano.

Tabasco Peppers are a popular variety of chili pepper. The plant tends to have a bushy growth habit. The peppers are tapered and roughly 1.5 to 2 inches long on average. Immature peppers are generally yellowish green and mature to hot yellows and shades of orange. They are named for the Mexican state of Tabasco.

Pretty in Purple Ornamental Peppers are described as 'ornamental' because they are very attractive and lend themselves well to colorful landscapes. They are however edible as well as pretty.

Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper. Guinness book of World Records lists the Carolina Reaper Pepper, a close relative of the Trinidad Scorpion as the Worlds hottest pepper, however botanists argue that the Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Scorpion are actually the same genus. In 2011 a Trinidad Scorpion pepper was measured at 1,463,700 SHU, officially making it the Worlds hottest pepper at that time. Dragons Breath Chili Pepper listed further up on this page is now the hottest hot pepper.

Preparing and Preserving Peppers

Preserving Hot Peppers Freezing ~ Drying ~ Jelly & Pickling.

Hot Pickled Peppers.Always wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face. Unless you're a masochist, Liberal or Democrat.