Your vegetable garden should be a living reflection of your eating habits. Add the things you want to cook with and you will be very happy to pick it out of your garden.
If you live in a hot climate with hot summers and you’re craving chiles rellenos for breakfast, it’s time to learn how to plant and grow your own poblano peppers.
Once the flowers are pollinated and fertilized, the poblano peppers will begin to take shape and grow. Pericarp develops, thickens, and swells to form the pepper.
You can harvest poblano peppers while they are still young and green. However, keep in mind that they will get spicier and turn orange or red as they ripen. It’s a good idea to wear gloves when harvesting poblano peppers to avoid skin irritation.
Quick Facts About Peppers
- Botanical name: Capsicum annum
- Plant type: Fruit
- Sun exposure: Full sun
- Flower colour: White
- Flowering time: Summer
- Hardiness zones: The hardiness zones of USDA 11
(type tixagb_14); slightly acidic to neutral
Peppers, especially the sweet varieties, are among the most popular choices for those who plan to grow and care for a vegetable garden. These plants are related to tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and tobacco because they are part of the Solanaceae family.
When the cotyledons emerge, you will soon begin to see true leaves growing to replace these seed leaves. The roots will also start to get longer. Make sure your young plants are getting plenty of bright light at this stage. They need about 6 hours of bright light every day.
You can place your plants on a bright windowsill or place them under a grow light. If your young seedlings don’t get enough light, they will be bare.
Tips For Germination
Pepper seeds need heat and moisture to germinate well. For best results, use a seed heating mat and humidity dome to maintain the best environment.
- Use a seed heating mat to keep the seeds at 80-90°F during germination. These are great for all types of pepper, along with tomato and eggplant seeds.
- Mist the surface of the soil so that it does not dry out. Never let your seeds dry out while they are trying to sprout!
- Plant 2 seeds per container to ensure at least one of the seed sprouts. You never know when a seed might become a rainbow.
- Use a moisture dome to trap moisture. Wait out the trays once a day to refresh the air inside.