How to plant chillies in a pot

Planting chillies in a pot

Chili peppers are an essential plant at home, especially for lovers of good cuisine, because their flavor gives a lot of play to dishes. Apart from the fact that they are a food with medicinal properties that should be kept nearby. And, unless your stomach suffers from spicy food and your doctor has prohibited you from going near it, it is a good idea to get into the habit of including chili peppers from time to time in your diet. Therefore, we want to teach you how to plant chillies in a pot

It is actually very easy to grow chillies at home. Your needs vary depending on the type of chilli in question. What is known is that it is a slow-growing plant, so you will have to be quite patient, because it will take time to see it grow. However, your patience will be rewarded, because having a pot of chillies at home and always at hand is a joy. 

In addition, you will like to see your chillies growing and developing, acquiring their colors and being able to experience everything in first person the entire process until it reaches your table. Wishing learn to grow chillies? Keep reading!

Types of chillies there are

Planting chillies in a pot

The first thing you have to know is that there are different types of chillies and each one has a different degree of sting. Also, therefore, they need a greater or lesser amount of sun and different growing seasons according to the environmental conditions of each type. 

We can differentiate between:

  • Capsicum annuum, among which are cayenne and chilli, among others.
  • frutescens or tabasco.
  • baccatum or chili.
  • chinense or habanero chili.
  • pubescens or rocoto chili.

When to plant chillies

The more it is chopped, the more temperature the chilli needs to grow. The best time for planting chillies is between March and May, with the idea that they receive all the heat of summer and these high temperatures help them mature. If the month of May has already passed, things get complicated. You can plant chillies, but knowing that you will have to wait until autumn and their flavor will be milder, because the autumn sun will never be the same as the strong summer sun.

This is how chillies are planted in pots

Planting chillies in a pot

First of all, it may catch your attention, if you know something about gardens and have been encouraged to plant peppers on some occasion, it is that chillies have a very similar way of cultivation. This is not so strange if we take into account that both belong to the same family, only the peppers are sweet and, on this occasion, we are talking about hot peppers. 

  1. To plant chillies you will need, first of all, to have chilli seeds. You can collect the seeds of a chilli pepper that you have consumed or buy these seeds in a specialized store. 
  2. Also prepare a medium-sized pot, which has at least the capacity to hold 12 liters. 
  3. Fill this pot with a good substrate. The ideal formula is to add universal substrate with a little coconut fiber. However, you can do without the latter, if you can't get it. Do you want to provide more nutrients? A worm castings will do miracles for your crop.
  4. Now insert the seeds, about 2 centimeters deep and leaving a space between them if you add several.

Now it's time to give it the pertinent care, which we are going to tell you below.

What care does the chilli plant need?

You already have your chili pepper planted and now is the time to take care of it the way it deserves. It is not a very demanding plant, but you will have to pay attention to certain aspects for your crop to prosper.

Planting chillies in a pot

Where to place your pot of chillies

Chili pepper needs a lot of sun, so place your pot where the sun hits the most, whether it's the kitchen window, living room or terrace. The more sun, the hotter your chilli will be, so if you like the heat of this plant, don't skimp on the hours and intensity of the sun. 

If it does not receive sun, possibly the plant will also thrive, but the chilli will not achieve that intense sting that most of us who grow this food like so much.

Sun and irrigation

The secrets to an extraordinary chilli pepper are lots of sun and heat, a good substrate with fertilizer and moderate watering. Watering 4 times a week in hot weather will be enough. 

Will you have your crop indoors? 

Chili pepper needs heat, but you can keep it indoors if you want, or if you live in a cold area. But you will have to heat it, even if it is with an artificial heating system. 

In addition to giving it heat, the chilli inside encounters another difficulty that, however, is easy to solve if you put a little effort into it. It turns out that this plant, like so many others, needs pollination. When the crops are outside, the insects and birds themselves are in charge of doing it, but if we have it inside the house, the work becomes complicated. What can we do? Very easy! Act ourselves as pollinating agents, caressing the plant inside, so that the exchange of pollen occurs. We can use a small soft brush or do it with our own fingers. 

Other needs of the chilli plant

In addition to everything said, the chilli plant has other needs, among them, that you move it to a larger pot when it grows. Because it needs enough space to expand its roots well and grow healthily. 

How do you know it's time to move to a larger pot? It can be a worrying issue for the novice, however, the pot itself will give you the alert when you see that the white roots are already appearing. Go find a new pot and prepare the transplant. 

Now you know how to plant chillies in a pot and how to ensure that your crop grows healthy, so that, inside or outside the home, you always have a storage of chillies ready to use in the kitchen, or to use in the pharmacy. Because this pepper is very beneficial for health. Do you join in growing chillies? Tell us your experience. 

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