What are the easiest peppers to grow?
We think most peppers are easy to grow, but growing faster growing peppers can help improve your success, especially in shorter growing seasons. The fastest germinating peppers are typically in the Capsicum Annuum family, so we'd say they are easiest to grow. This is a big family of peppers, so for an easier garden, you can grow fast-growing jalapeño seeds, serrano seeds, cayenne seeds, Anaheim chile seeds, Hatch chile seeds, and poblano seeds.
A couple of our favorite easiest peppers to grow include the delicious and easy to grow Shishito sweet peppers, or for spicy we love growing Early Jalapenos, Yellow Jalapenos and Orange Jalapenos. We also love the easy to grow Ring of Fire Cayenne pepper, which seem to be ever-abundant and are super easy to dry for storage and using year-round in the kitchen.
How do I germinate pepper seeds more easily?
Keep them warm, if you use a heat mat or keep in a warm spot at around 80-90˚F the pepper seeds will germinate much faster. Pepper seeds are a little slower than most other vegetable seeds, so it's good to be patient and allow them 7-21+ days to sprout, so don't give up on them!
Do peppers grow well in containers?
Most peppers do well in pots and containers. Here are some of our Best Peppers for Pots. Bigger containers are better for growing peppers, we like to use at least a 5 gallon pot or larger. Make sure the containers are well draining – pepper plants hate wet feet and will quickly droop and stop growing if the soil is soggy.
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