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April 27, 2012, 7:39 pm
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Blooms

Blooms

Fertilization

Once you have them in containers, it’s a good idea to fertilize on a regular basis.  At most, do this every other week.  Some fertilizers last longer than others, so read the packaging to see how often they recommend applying.
If you are an organic gardener, fish emulsion is a good one to use.  Personally, I like the Miracle-Gro products…they have both regular and organic products that seem to work rather well.
Epson Salt Spray
Epson salt contains magnesium which pepper plants really like.  You can get this at any drug store in granual form.  Get a cheap spray bottle that is at least 32 oz. (1 quart) and mix in 2 tablespoons of the epson salts.  Shake well to dissolve.
Every other week, on weeks that you do not fertilize and after blooms have started to form on the plants, spray the leaves with this mixture.  I suggest doing this after the plants are out of direct sunlight for the day as the water on the leaves mixed with direct sunlight can burn the plant.
Bugs
Watch out for aphids.  Growing herbs in containers close to your pepper plants will naturally deter those critters.  If that’s not an option or it’s not working, there are plenty of products on the market to spray on the plants to eliminate the pests.  The key is to keep an eye out for them as they are hard to see.
Watch Them Grow
You’ll see blooms first, then peppers will form.  Peppers generally start green and then take time to ripen to the full red color.  Some of the funky brands are starting out purple in color.  Here are some photos of how things look as the process progresses.
Blooms
Blooms

Blooms

When are they ripe?

Hot peppers are entirely ripe when they have turned red.  These purple guys will progress in coloration and turn red – and be hot.  Jalapenos will turn red too and be hotter than the green ones.  Chipotle peppers are actually smoked red Jalapenos – that’s a little known fact Normy.

You can eat the peppers whenever you want, but they won’t be their hottest until they are red.

Good luck, it’s fun to watch them grow!

They grow up so fast…

Just to show the plant sizes through the growing season, here is a comparison.

May 1:

May 1 size plant

May 1 size plant

August 1 size plant:

3 Months of Growing Outdoors

3 Months of Growing Outdoors

Enjoy…head on over to www.hotpepperdudes.com and let us know how you are making out.

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