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Zone 8 Gardening

Saving Sargent Pepper

cayenne pepper

cayenne pepper

So last year’s Cayenne pepper plant did so well that I thought I might try to save it. By the middle of September, it was 3 or 4 times as tall as in the picture, and I knew that I did not want that much plant in the house, so I pruned it, being careful to keep enough of the two main forks….enough being just a guess on my part. Ha-Ha

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Pepper Seedlings

pepper seedlings

pepper seedlings

So, my pepper seeds have germinated.  At this point they are very delicate and prone to blossom-end rot.  But once again, doing this in September is easier than waiting until January.  At this point I spritz them with the Epsom Salt spray.  And I have topped the soil with a thin layer of sand.  In the photo, I have done three cups and left one just to show how thin a layer of sand that I’m using.

Seems like that took a long time, but I always forget:  Germination at this time of year takes maximum days. 

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Peppers 4 Next Year–Ole

Banana Peppers

Banana Peppers

Germinating pepper seeds today for next year’s planting.  It is really easy to germinate peppers in September’s heat; whereas, if you wait until January to try it, it can be a long, frustrating and expensive project what with the heating pads and the grow-light bulbs.

Keep in mind that you may be forced to move these pots around more than the average bear, so do not go with big, heavy containers.  You want the plant to stay small over the winter.

I am doing 1 Cayenne and 3 Banana Peppers.  That should be enough to start 2015 with a blast.

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