Nothing's better than watching your hard work yield something that you can eat! Spending summers in the garden cultivating fruits and veggies that will nourish our bodies is a way of life for many people.
For others, it's become a passion for heat! For those who grow hot peppers, the seed to pepper life can be a thrill! The fact is, we consume almost 8lbs of chili peppers each year, and that number is on the rise.
So if you're going to eat them and you're going to grow them, why not do it like an expert? We're going to walk you through how to use grow boxes to grow delicious spicy hot peppers like a pro.
Let's get started!
The Grow Box
First of all, before we dive right in, let's understand what a grow box is and why you should consider using one for your peppers.
A grow box is a self-contained unit that's used for growing plants and vegetables. They come in a variety of sizes made with various materials like mylar.
Grow boxes are used indoors most of the time but they could also be used outdoors in order to control the environment and shield the plants from outside variables.
There are many benefits to using a grow box. Here is a list of things to consider:
1. Can grow at any time of year
2. Protection from pests
3. Protection from environmental hazards
4. No need to worry about lights or nutrients
These factors are all reasons to use a grow box to optimize your plant growth. Grow boxes have their own climates. You can manipulate your lighting system within the box to mimic natural sunlight.
You'll be able to extend the amount of light that your peppers get which in turn can help your peppers have a larger yield.
When you grow your peppers in this controlled environment you're more likely to have a more perfected end result.
Some people might just plop seeds into the dirt and hope for the best...not you! You're growing these peppers like a pro so first things first, we are going to tell you how to germinate your pepper seeds.
A Grobo Start works perfectly for germinating seeds. Simply place your pepper seeds of choice into the peat pods and watch your seeds come to life! Don't forget to use the handy humidity domes included with your Grobo Start to make the perfect environment for your seeds.
Your seeds should germinate much faster in a Grobo Start compared to using soil and a small pot. This is because the seed is given the best environment so it can thrive!
Transplanting Your Peppers
Once your pepper seedlings are close to touching the grow lights on your Grobo Start, it's time to transplant them into your Grobo.
Transplanting your peppers is actually quite simple when you're using a Grobo! All you have to do is move the small pepper plant along with its peat pod into your Grobo. Next, pick the perfect nutrient recipe from our recipe list.
Growing Your Peppers
You've germinated the seeds and successfully transplanted them to their forever home. Now the exciting part starts! Watching them mature and flower and then produce the spicy pepper you've been waiting for. Heres a picture of one of our pepper plants in the Grobo!
What To Do With Your Peppers
Here's the fun part! There's tons of recipes around to make something awesome with those peppers.
If you grew sweet peppers, you could always make a roasted red pepper hummus, or a fresh garden salad.
If you grew spicy peppers, you could make a spicy chilli oil or a hot sauce.
Watch our how- to video on making Carolina reaper hot sauce here!
Grow Hot Peppers With Ease
Understanding the basic needs of the plant will help you to have a successful growth. Using a grow box when you grow hot peppers is beneficial to you. When you do not have to focus on things like nutrients, pests, adequate sunlight, and environmental hazards you have more time to dedicate to your pepper plants.
If you do not have a green thumb it's okay! The guidelines that we've provided are the perfect tool for learning how to grow hot peppers. The hardest choice you are going to have to make is what to do with all those peppers!