Where to start

Discussion in 'Peppers' started by ecto1, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I want to try to grow some peppers this year but don't know where to start. I have very little gardening experience but think it is a cool project for me and the misses. Was thinking a few plants that can be substained in a 5 gallon pot. Jalapeno's a must maybe some Habaneros as well. What are you guys thinking would be a good place to start.
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like to start with small plants from the local Co-Op.
    Seeds take to long for me.

    Japs will make all year, the older the plant, the hotter the peppers.

    Jerry has lots of experience, maybe he will chime in.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. Great site, using this you can get onto your deck and away from the critters which always help themselves the day before you want to pick.

  5. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I cut a inch out of the middle of a few 2 liter coke bottles and starting my seeds in them just tape the tops back on.you don't have to mess with it this way because the condesation helps with watering.
  6. It's a little late in the year to start from seed now because by the time they get big enough to produce pods the season will be almost over.  I would suggest trying to find a few plants already grown around 6-12" and for simplicity pickup an earth box or do like I do and just make your own. 

    The earth box will say you can grow 6 plants, but peppers like and NEED a lot of space so I would limit the amount of plants to 2.  You will end up with a lot more peppers from 2 big plants then 6 tiny over crowded plants that are fighting each other for space.  I personally grow 2 plants in a 30 gallon home made type of earth box and believe it or not I could harvest almost 1lb of peppers each week during the peek summer.  I actually got more peppers from those 2 plants then I did from 10 plants each in their own 5 gallon container and it was a LOT easier to do. 

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