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Hot Peppers Gardening Guide

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Some like it hot. If you do, you’ve come to the right place. This gardening guide is packed with tips for picking the perfect hot peppers. Hot peppers are a warm-weather crop that will provide a lovely pop of color in your…  READ MORE right arrow
Hot peppers: people either love them or hate them. There’s not always a lot of middle ground. For some of us, that fiery feeling is wonderful; for others of us, we prefer the milder side of things. But if you’re here, you’re probably in…  READ MORE right arrow
Red hot chilli pepper in wooden bowl

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Assortment of hot pepper varieties
Hot peppers, or chile peppers, are part of the Capsicum genus. They’re part of the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes. When you’re planning your garden, make sure you don’t plant your peppers where your potatoes, tomatoes, or eggplant have been. Chile peppers were…  READ MORE right arrow
Chile pepper seedlings growing in seed starter tray
Peppers are warm-season perennials that we treat as annuals. They have a long growing season—15 to 18 weeks after planting out—and cooler weather slows them down. You can start them from seeds or seedlings, depending on your preference and your patience. Seed Planting…  READ MORE right arrow
Green chile peppers growing in the sun
Hot peppers like a full day of sun—preferably at least six hours of direct sunlight. The soil should be well-drained and rich in organic matter. Sandy loam soil is best. Do your hot peppers a favor and be sure to mix in some aged…  READ MORE right arrow

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