Growing peppers (sili) from seeds use pretty much the same method as growing tomatoes. I actually planted my hot pepper seeds the same time I planted my okra seeds, eggplants seeds, and tomato seeds.
Refer to this post to know what you should do to prepare your mini vegetable garden: How to Make a Mini Vegetable Garden
By the way, I’m actually on the 23rd day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge which also propelled me to restart doing other things I love and one of them is planting vegetables (obviously!)
So, as my tomato and okra seeds were starting to grow only after a week, my pepper seeds were also showing visible signs of growth too. And on the 10th day after I planted my pepper seeds, I already had seedlings, even if they were just two. I knew I planted a lot but only two seeds survived. Oh well! That’s pretty good news to me!
The variety I planted are Cayenne Peppers (which I just found out a while ago before posting this blog… haha!) and they’re the perennial kind especially when grown in tropical climate like ours. This means, that my pepper plant will keep on producing cayenne peppers and flowers for at least two years before it will eventually die out and I’d have to plant new seeds. Good enough for me!
So, after two weeks of waiting, my pepper seeds were really starting to grow some more leaves. And since they were at the backyard at first (sprouts don’t need direct sunlight), I had to transfer my growing seedling to the balcony as pepper plants need a lot of direct sunlight to survive. Yay! After 2 more months, my pepper plants started growing flowers… Woohoo!
A week after that, the flowers produced long green cayenne peppers! I actually started harvesting by then. I just waited for them to grow a bit longer NOT knowing that it will eventually turn red.
I’m continuously learning all this as I go along. If you still haven’t checked out those links I gave you above on how to plant pepper seeds, you can refer to these instructions below:
- Soil – You can use a soilless mix which I bought from Ace Hardware. Here at the farm, we use a mixture of regular farm soil, chicken dung and vermicast.
- Pots – I used old ice cream bins where I punch holes underneath for proper drainage. These days, I pretty much recycle any empty can or bin I can use for potting my plants. This way, we get to reduce trash in our home.
- Hot Pepper Seeds – I bought a pack at National Bookstore for Php49.00.
- Get your pot and fill it with soil, up to 3/4 of the pot.
- Water the soil well so it settles and becomes a bit packed.
- Get some hot pepper seeds and just scatter them on your pot.
- Put another layer of the soilless pot mix such that the seeds are about 1/4 inch deep from the surface.
- Water the soil again, just enough to keep it moist.
- Place the potted seeds in an area where there’s heat but out of direct sunlight at first, like our indoor garden. Once it starts showing true leaves, you can begin putting the pots outside to catch sunlight.
- Wait for the seedlings to grow.
Growing vegetables is really one of the best things you can do to help you relax, even if you’re just doing it at home, on your balcony or your own backyard. At least, that’s what it does for me when I’m doing indoor farming even here in our tiny pad. More so when I’m growing my vegetables on top of a mountain in our huge farm. Looking at them is one of the first things I do after I wake up in the morning whenever we stay there. It just sets a better mood for my entire day.
Happy planting! (^_^)
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