Ask a Question forum: Does anyone one have tips for planting peppers?

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Northern Virginia
Feb 9, 2018 9:32 PM CST
Hello i live in Northern Virginia and i would like to plant peppers of various types. Mostly Jalapenos and maybe some hotter ones like Thai chilies. I wanted to know what type of soil to use for them or a brand in particular that I should use. Please let me know. Thank you.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 9, 2018 10:20 PM CST
Anytime you plant seeds, use some seed starting mix. This is something you can buy in a bag or mix up yourself. A very common recipe is 1 part sphagnam peat moss, 1 part perlite and 1 part vermiculite. It is low in nutrients but the important part is the fine consistency. Seeds contain their own food so fertilizer is not necessary in the beginning (actually dangerous to your seedlings).

Start your seeds in small pots (I use Dixie cups with holes poked in the bottom). After your seedlings are a 3 - 4 inches tall, you can harden them off and plant out in your garden. If the weather is too chilly for them, pot up in regular potting soil and wait for nicer wether.

"Harden them off" means to expose them to outside weather and sunshine SLOWLY until they are sturdy enough to handle your outdoor garden.

Pepper seeds need to be warm to germinate (the hotter the pepper, the warmer it needs to be) so wait for warm weather or use a heat mat. Don't overwater and be patient - they are slow germinators.
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