Growing ghost peppers in a home vegetable garden is an experience unlike any other. This hottest pepper on the planet comes from the Solanaceae family, meaning it is a vine that can be found growing naturally throughout Central and South America. Learning how to plant vegetables like the ghost pepper is not as difficult as some people may think. It just takes a little bit of patience and some research ahead of time to grow this flavorful and eye-catching plant.
There are three main methods of drying your ghost pepper plant: wetting, sowing and drying. Wetting simply means providing water to your plants while they are still young, and you can do this as often as you like throughout the day. Sowing and Drying means allowing the plant to grow up until they are about 2 feet tall, at which time they should be watered lightly and kept in a moderately moist environment, typically a window box with a ventilated side.
The most popular way to grow a ghost pepper plant is by starting out in containers. Containers are easier to care for, and can save you money since they allow you to grow peppers in different varieties over a number of months instead of just one or two. When you are ready to begin growing your India crop, you should consider buying small plastic containers that are made for growing only a single variety of plants. This will make caring for your crop much easier, since you won’t have to purchase as many pots or other growing mediums. Plastic containers are also great because they are easy to move around, making it less likely that your ghost pepper plant will become damaged.
Another key guideline to follow when caring for your india crops is to keep them well watered while they are in their dormant period, which occurs for about eight hours, or until the top layer of leaves are visible. If you water your peppers too early, you risk over-watering and burning your crop. If you do not water your plants during their dormant period, you need to water them every few days to keep the tops of the leaves wet, but not so much that the soil becomes saturated.
During the day, it is important to expose your peppers to direct sunlight as much as possible, although there are some varieties that will require a south facing location, for the full spectrum of sunlight available. Since southern exposure to sunlight causes photosynthesis to occur more slowly, these plants will turn over fewer fruits during each season. For those growing in containers, sunlight should be obtainable all year long. However, keep in mind that you may have to move your containers frequently during the high temperatures of the summer.
If you are using a standard potting mix, you should fertilize it every month during its flowering season. Fertilizing should be done about three weeks before harvesting your peppers. When planning your spring and summer planting schedule, make sure you plan ahead by watering your plants in advance, and double checking for moisture levels on your scale. When harvesting your crop, water your plants deeply before removing them from the pot, and again after removing all of the leaves, so they are completely dry.
Once you have your plantings planted and your planting containers filled with compost, it is time to start preparing your soil. Start your garden by digging out all of the soil pockets around the perimeter of your container. Be sure to place the hole in a level spot. Then add your compost to the bottom of your holes, and then turn your potted plants upside down in the compost. Water your plants thoroughly when they are finished turning over, and then you are ready to start your first plantings.
The best time to plant your ghost pepper is from late winter through early spring, as this is when they are in their dormant state. They will grow strong and healthy during the colder months, but they will not produce much spice until the warmer months. Another reason they are more difficult to find is because of the extreme weather conditions, which may cause your plants to wilt. If you are plagued by persistent weeds, use some herbicides to kill them off, and water them well when they start growing in the spring. As an added bonus, your garden will smell absolutely gorgeous, especially after you have harvested all of your peppers. Now get started, and enjoy your new hobby of growing habanero peppers.