You’ll be surprised by how easy Ornamental peppers can be grown. You can easily grow your own ornamental peppers with the right growing conditions. Once you’ve decided to grow them, you should buy or plant a variety that has a hardier seed than the one you are planning to use. It’s best if you plant your seed in partial sun rather than planting it in your garden. Here are some additional tips to help you with your vegetable gardening.
Planting ornamental pepper plants is easy when they are in pots. Place the seeds in a sunny area in a plastic bag, cover with a few inches of moist soil. They need about 75 F to germinate, which it usually takes about two weeks. Transfer the ornamental pepper plant to some big pots outside when they have finished the second week of development inside. Make sure the potted plants have been well watered as you don’t want to let the water stand near the plant. Allow it to soak up as much as it needs.
Planting them outside in full sun is the easiest way to have an ornamental pepper plant. There are four main cultivars to choose from; Dioscorea, Equisetum, Diplopterys and Cushion. These cultivars have different colors, shapes and textures, and they can be found in shades of green, gold, cream, orange and pink. Some varieties produce fruit that’s solid and some produce fruit that’s in a jelly-like sheath that’s soft to the touch. They’re also available with fruits that are covered with a fuzzy white veil.
To keep the roots from growing too much, give them fertilizer every other week during their growing season. Fertilizer isn’t necessary, but just makes sure they stay well-hydrated. If the roots are over-watered they will end up sinking and die, which causes the leaves to drop off. Use a high quality potting soil mix to plant your ornamental pepper plant and use half as much water as you do with regular potting soil. You may need to add a liquid fertilizer to the pot every couple of weeks during the growing season.
Once the plants start to sprout leaves, you’ll need to water your houseplants regularly to keep the leaves healthy. However, if your ornamental pepper plant starts to go limp and doesn’t continue to grow leaves then there may be a problem with your drainage system. Check the bottom of the pot for any excess water and add water slowly while holding the plant in one hand. If the leaves fall off when water is poured on them, then the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot needs to be cleaned. Run a wet cloth through the opening to remove any excess water. Make sure to check the root system as well.
When the stem cuttings begin to develop, you’ll want to put the cuttings on top of your Ornamental Pepper Plant and gently press down until the soil settles around the cuttings. If it sounds like the cuttings are sinking, then you can gently water the plant with a hose to make sure the soil stays in place. Watering a newly transplanted ornamental pepper plant in this manner is usually sufficient until the plant starts to grow leaves. Then you’ll need to increase the water amounts.
If your ornamental pepper plant grows tall and has many branches, then you should prune the plants regularly to keep them looking their best. To prune the plant, you should remove all the branches that protrude beyond the trunk. Trim the root system by cutting away any damaged or broken canes and leaf buds. Cut the orange segments in half or in quarter inch pieces. Now you can easily remove the spines growing from these broken canes.
Finally, to maintain vibrant color, you’ll need to give your Ornamental Pepper plants the proper nutrients and water every few days. Maintaining vibrant colors indoors can be difficult because they spend much of their time in direct sunlight. For successful indoor gardening, you should place your plants in a sunny windowsill, where they will receive an even amount of sunlight. For an even greater colorful result, you should move your ornamental pepper plants inside for several hours each day.