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Fertilizing Hot Peppers - How I Grow Hot Peppers Outdoors - Week 7

Welcome to 7 Pot Club. I’m Rob.

Today’s topic is in response to Yuri, who messaged us and asked, “Can you mention

your fertilization protocol in a new video?”

Yes I can Yuri.

In reality, it’s probably a little too haphazard to call a protocol.

I just try and make sure the plants have enough nutrients to produce a good crop.

In front of me are all the products I’ve used this season, and I’m going to explain

how and why I used them.

But now for something completely different.

Before we talk fertilization, I wanted to provide a quick update on our capsicum companions.

That’s what I like to call the Portulaca we planted in some of our pepper pots right

after Memorial Day.

As you can see, they’ve have made themselves right at home, filling up the available space

with their spiky foliage and delicate morning blooms.

The rose-like appearance of the flowers is why they’re also known as moss roses.

They really brighten our day.

Now, back to fertilization.

I’ve been reluctant to focus on this topic, because 1) I’m by no means an expert in

this area, and 2) I’m embarrassed that I’m still using chemical fertilizers.

They do a good job, but next year I want to switch to all natural fertilizers and soil

amendments.

I used to use Alaska Fish Fertilizer, which is very effective, but there’s just one

problem.

Homes are tightly spaced in our neighborhood, and I was always super embarrassed by the

lingering stench of rotting fish that drifted into adjoining yards after each application.

No neighbor ever mentioned it to me, but I’m sure they noticed and were just too polite

to complain.

Being naturally lazy, I switched to chemical fertilizers instead of doing my research and

finding odorless organic alternatives.

So after that litany of disclaimers, here’s what I’ve been doing this season.

I started my seeds in the same potting mix I’m using in all my outdoor containers.

It contains a small amount of fertilizer in addition to the nutrient-rich compost in the mix.

After the seedlings were transplanted into 3” pots, I fertilized them every two weeks

with Miracle-Gro Tomato Food.

I measured with the small end of the scoop per pint of water to feed each tray of 18 seedlings.

When transplanting the seedlings outdoors in the ground or pots, I added about a tablespoon

each of blood meal for nitrogen and epsom salt for magnesium.

After planting, I finished with a soak of Quick Start transplant fertilizer which reduces

transplant shock.

I mix half a capful in a gallon of water.

Around a week after planting, I sprinkled about a tablespoon of this granular tomato

food on the surface of the soil around each plant.

This type of fertilizer is slow-release, and one application can feed for several weeks.

But we’ve had some very heavy rains recently, and I’ve been concerned that many of the

nutrients have been washed out of the soil.

So yesterday I followed up with a light application of the Miracle-Gro Tomato Food.

I measured with the large end of the scoop to make a gallon and a half of solution.

I may do one more light application later this month, but definitely won’t do any

fertilization after August 1, as it will be time for the plants to stop producing foliage and put

their energy into producing and ripening fruit.

That’s it for this episode.

Though my approach to fertilization may not be scientific, I do have some pretty healthy

looking hot pepper plants.

I’m looking for recommendations on what plant nutrients I should try next year when

I switch to all organic products, so please share your ideas in the comments.

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For 7 Pot Club, I’m Rob.