Vegetable Garden

How to sow Seeds: Hot Peppers

February 27, 2013

chilli pepper & tomatoesIf you like to eat chilli peppers, hot or otherwise, you might like to grow them… there’s nothing like picking a pepper off a plant that’s been growing on your kitchen windowsill, patio, greenhouse or polytunnel for freshness and flavour!

In the Greenside Up Feeling Hot seed collection range three region’s hot peppers have been represented from the Caribbean to Asia and Mexico. February and March are the best months of the year to sow the seeds in Ireland giving the plants a long growing period to form their spicy fruit.

recycled propagatorThe following YouTube clip explains how to sow seeds, propagator use, watering, seed  depth and compost requirements as well as showing you some ideas for using recycled containers to grow the seeds in.

If you have any questions after seeing the video please leave a comment below. For more tips, hints to help you in the garden along with chilli recipes, take a look in the Feeling Hot category of blog posts.

If you sow your seeds over the next few weeks you should begin harvesting, drying or preserving them from late July to August onwards.


  • Reply naodesigns February 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Hi Dee,

    Found this very helpful and informative. Had a lovely crop of chillis a number of years ago but poor attempts ever since. Was wondering if I should be helping with cross pollination once they flower?

    Thanks Naomi
    (Science Wows)

    • Reply greensideupveg February 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Naomi, it’s always a good idea to plant lots of flowers near peppers (or any plants which are open pollinated) that will attract pollinating insects to allow them to pollinate naturally. If you’re growing them indoors for instance and can’t keep windows and doors open to allow insects in, you may have to give them a helping hand by tickling the centre of each flower with a soft paint brush. Hope that’s helped?

      • Reply naodesigns February 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        Thanks Dee, that is a help, i have used q-tips before but never sure if I’m doing the right thing!

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