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Planting - Pepper

Planting Information

Seeding Rate Per Foot Scatter seed on top of potting soil and transplant when they get their first set of true leaves.
Seeds Per Ounce 4,500
Space Between Plants 24"
Planting Depth Plant to the first set of leaves.
Plant Height Medium
Plant Types sweet peppers chili peppers
Favorite Varieties

Sweet: Park's whopper Imp. hybrid, early calwonder, bell boy hybrid, yolo wonder I, big betha, valley giant hybrid, pimiento Yellow: gypsy hybrid, sweet banana, romanian sweet, sweet hungarian cubanelle

Hot: Anaheim (very mild flavored chili) early jalapeno, song, red slim cayenne, super chili hybrid, Thai hot, Hungarian yellow wax (hot banana).

Serrano (very hot - popular in the Southwest)

Habanero said to be 50 times hotter than Jalapeno peppers.

Seed Viability (Years) 2 years
Seed Germination 70 F to 75 F
Germination Time 25 days at 59 F
13 days at 68 F
8days at 77 F to 90 F
9 days at 95 F or higher

Planting Instructions

Peppers are typically planted as transplants. Sow seeds indoors in a loose potting mixture about 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected date of frost. Soil temperatures should be between 70 and 75 F for optimum germination. Most seeds germinats in 6 to 12 days.

Sow seed on top of the media in flats and cover lightly with vermiculite or other media. Mist to keep surface moist or cover with moist newspaper or clear plastic. When most of the seedlings emerge, remove the newspaper or plastic and allow the plants to get plenty of sunlight or place a bank of flourescent lights about 4 inches above the flat, moving the light upward as the plants grow.

When the date for planting is approaching, move the plants outdoors to a protected area where they get full sun but are out of the wind. Bring them indoors at night or during cold snaps. Continue this for three to four days before transplanting.

Water deeply to encourage deep root growth in either case. After the peppers are transplanted into the garden soil, water frequently for a week or two, gradually diminishing frequency and increasing depth of penetration. Established plants require about 1" of water per week.

Plants are well adapted to drip irrigation provided placement of plants matches the drip holes in the irrigation hose.

For wide row planting, place plants allowing about 24" between plants.





Cultivate very shallowly around plants. Two inches of mulch is best to control weeds.