Do you love spicy dishes? If so, then you might be interested in growing ghost peppers. In case you do not know yet, ghost peppers are the spiciest peppers in the world. It was first discovered in India, and it is said to be hotter than jalapeños or even habenaros.
Anyway, you do not need to live in India if you like to source ghost peppers. In fact, you can start growing them in your home, so that you will always have a fresh stock of it, in case you want to fire up a dish with its spiciness and impress your guests.
Here are the different steps that you can do, if you want to grow ghost peppers at home:
The first thing that you have to know is that it takes quite some time before you can do your harvest. Therefore, you have to make sure that you have the perfect environment for it to grow healthy, and the patience too, so you will continue feeling motivated to see what your harvest will look like.
To germinate the seeds of the ghost peppers, you will need at least 35 days. Then from germination, you will need another 150 days, before the plant produces fruit.
So the first thing that you have to do is to plant your seeds. Make sure that your soil is nourished enough, and should be well draining as well. Water cannot sit inside your container, otherwise, your seeds will not produce sprouts.
Ghost peppers also like warm soil. Therefore, you have to make sure that your soil is at least 90 degrees F. You can do this by placing your garden bed on top of a heating plate.
When your sprouts are starting to show from the seeds, you might want to help it germinate more, by placing a CFL lighting. Continue moistening the soil. Moisten only, just so it will not dry. Do not overwater.
When your sprouts are at least a week old, you can start exposing them under the sun. That way, the sprouts will already be accustomed to the new environment, in preparation for their transplantation.
Start transplanting your ghost peppers in the ground when they are at least 6 inches tall. Make sure to plant them deep enough so that the roots will continue growing. Make sure that each plant is at least 24 inches away from each other. They need that amount of space to grow their roots, for proper air circulation, and for them to grow freely.
Water your newly transplanted ghost peppers. Wait for it to grow fruits, and wait for the actual fruits to change its color, before you go ahead and harvest it.
By the way, if you want to boost pollination in your chili garden, it might help if you plant different varieties of hot peppers beside your ghost peppers. A good choice would be habenaros and bhut.
These are the different steps, if you want to grow ghost peppers.
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