Planting and Growing Banana Wax Peppers from seeds in Barstow California in April-May , - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Emily Rude
Barstow, CA (Zone 8B)
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Question by emilyrude33
April 25, 2005
I was given some banana wax pepper seeds, and I know that they will grow just fine in the ground up here (I was told by the person that gave them to me). I was wondering if I could plant them and grow then in pots instead of in the ground? My reasoning for not wanting to grow them in the ground is #1 lack of space and #2 just getting rid of Grubs (ugh) and still have some ants.
also, any help on anything else i've planted would be helpful.
I've planted the following from seeds:
red-sunflowers, mammothsunflowers, gazania's carrots, lisbon bunching green onions, mustard spinach, sweet corn,
I bought 2 tomato plants one is bun boy and the other one has small yellow to red pear-shaped tomatoes. both doing okay,
I have one lavender bush (doing beautifully), also it is seperate from all the rest.
and of course i am really wanting to plant banana wax peppers.
i realize this is more than one question but please hhhhhheeeeellllllpp.
thank you
my email is
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Answer from NGA
April 25, 2005
All annuals and practically all perennial plants can be successfully grown in containers. The only things to keep in mind are to choose containers with adequate drainage holes, and to water as often as necessary to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Since plants in containers need to be watered more often, which leaches out nutrients, you'll need to feed your plants more frequently. I use a half-strength dilution of liquid fertilizer and feed my containerized plants every 2-3 weeks over the growing season. This supplies a constant source of nutrients without the fear of over-fertilizing. Use potting soil rather than garden soil in your containers - it drains quickly yet holds just the right amount of moisture to keep the plant roots happy. The only exceptions to growing in containers might be your carrots and corn. Carrots need really deep soil. You can grow them in containers, but you'll want very deep ones. Corn has a very extensive root system and should be grown in the ground.

Keep all your vegetables in a site that receives full sunshine all day long and they should flower and produce lots of fruit.

Best wishes with your garden!

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