For all those who love peppers and growing them yourself, Magic Plant Farms offers advice on easy do-it-yourself planting ghost peppers techniques to satisfy your every need. One of the most common and popular peppers is the Ghost Pepper. This pepper is known as bhut jolokia and is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper native to Northeast India.
The Ghost Pepper is one of the spiciest chili peppers in the world. An interesting fact about this pepper is that its spice is so intense. Hence, the Indian Army actually uses them to make chili grenades. If you are in doubt or awe of this, yes it is confirmed that there is such an idea as weaponized peppers.
Switching gears back to the food side of ghost peppers, it is an extremely variable plant that produces a wide range of fruit sizes. It typically ranges in size from 2.4 to 3.3 inches long and about 1 to 1.2 inches wide. They are grown in a range of colors like red, yellow and orange which all depends on their ripeness.
Planting Ghost Peppers
What makes ghost peppers such a special and sought after spice is their rarity. Unless you are a resident of Northeast India, you are likely to have to order seeds online or if in proximity. Also, you can check your local garden center before you get started. Planting ghost peppers is difficult when you compare it to other peppers. That is because of their requirements for certain levels of humidity and heat.
Fortunately, for those who are not residents of India, which has five months of intense and high humidity and temperatures, if your growing season is short, ghost pepper plants can be moved indoors during the evening. Let it be known that constant shifts in planting ghost peppers and the environment in which they grow can damage the plants irreparably.
Tips for Planting Ghost Peppers
Ghost peppers need a full sun location and well drained organic rich, fertile soil. It might be helpful for you to conduct a soil test. That way, you will determine the pH and nutrient levels of your soil and adjust accordingly. Magic Plant Farms suggests you space the plants anywhere from 24-36 inches apart. Dig a hole the size of the root ball or biodegradable pot, if applicable and place the transplant into the hole. Make sure to tamp down the soil and water in well. Peppers do not need their stems to be buried.
When planting ghost peppers, keep in mind that they need regular watering. The best way to determine if your ghost peppers need water is to check the soil. If it is dry to an inch deep the plants need water. Once flower buds sprout, be extra observant to maintain more moisture. Refer to packaging when fertilizing your ghost peppers during growing season. At Magic Plant Farms we warn you, if planting ghost peppers on your own accord, to avoid high nitrogen fertilizer. It can cause the plant to grow a lot of foliage instead of peppers. Ensure that you fertilize regularly with 5-10-10 NPK or tomato food.
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Planting ghost peppers requires some work if you want to maintain and cultivate the best results so if you have any concerns feel free to reach out to us at Magic Plant Farms and we will be happy to assist you along the way.