How to Plant Peppers: Key Steps to Success

well you successfully started pepper

plants from seed so how do you plant

them now if you know anything about

pepper plants or tomato plants you can

tell that I've waited just a little too

long to get these out of the pot because

they are very tall very thin they've

been in the greenhouse they've had this

diffused lighting but not a lot of wind

movement so they just kind of grew up

tall and skinny pepper plants are

generally heat tolerant but they also

don't mind a little bit of shade

sometimes the shade helps them produce a

bigger more plump fruit than it would be

if it were planted in the full Sun a

pepper can be planted several in the

same hole they will grow up and make a

bush where each plant will provide a

little bit of shade for the others in my

garden right here in this garden bed

directly behind me is east and in front

of me is West this row of tomatoes is

going to grow up and provide some relief

from that Evening Sun that tends to be

very hot here in Texas there's plenty of

gardening books that will tell you that

you have to plant them so many inches or

so many feet apart all in a straight

line those guidelines were created for

mechanized planting we're in a small

organic garden so we don't have to worry

about anything that is designed for

large-scale mechanized planting like on

tractors we're going to plant them

closer together I have a total of nine

pepper plants so I'm going to plant in

three groups of three if you have a

mulch layer on your garden make sure

that that's pulled back sufficiently so

it doesn't fall down in your planting

hole you don't want to be burying that

carbon layer down in the bottom of the

hole it could take nitrogen away from

the plants as they're trying to grow

if your garden soil is nice and crumbly

you don't have to dig the hole very big

if your soil is hard and packed like a

thick hard clay you may want to dig the

hole much larger than you think you need

and put some potting soil in with it to

help those baby roots spread out the

only additive that I'm going to be

putting in the planting hole is finely

ground eggshell powder this is eggshell

calcium and this is just going to add

calcium to the garden it may not be

immediately available to the plants this

season but the calcium that I put in

last season should be ready and then

this will help in the following seasons

I'm going to put three plants in each of

these holes so this this here has two

plants I don't feel the need to separate

those the pepper plants don't mind

crowded roots they really don't mind

growing closely together so I'm going to

just put this one down in here first you

can pinch those lower leaves off make

sure that you're pinching the leaves and

not pulling them off of the stem that

stem is very sensitive and if you damage

it you could kill your plant pepper

plants don't mind being planted deep

either so just make sure that the the

leaves that you leave on the plant are

above the ground level

now we're just going to fill in the soil

making sure not to bruise those stems

too much

if you feel that your garden soil is not

very rich or doesn't have a lot of

nutrients in it you can get an organic

fertilizer to put in the hole at

planting time and also spray the leaves

with some sort of a foliar spray now

don't use too many of those products but

they are available if you feel like you

have some deficiencies at this point

I'll go ahead and pull the mulch in a

circle back up around the plant but not

all the way up to the plant when the

pepper plant gets a little taller then

I'll pull that mulch up close to the

base while the plants are small go ahead

and put some sort of protection around

it this will give it structure to grow

up on and also help prevent things like

your neighborhood cats or your farm cats

from getting in and laying on those

young plants if you do have more plants

in one container that you want to plant

in one hole the easy way to separate it

is just to put your fingers in there

turn it over and then lower it down into

some water just let the water and

gravity do the work gently massaging a

little bit you don't even have to do a

whole lot here and all that soil will

fall off and you end up with just roots

when you're holding this you need to be

very gentle like I said those stems are

sensitive so we're going to be we're

never going to be pinching the stems if

you need to hold one plant you can hold

it by a leaf or by the root ball we're

going to gently pull these apart under


and there's one that's separated we'll

lay that there and gently reaching down

by the base we're just going to pull

those apart there's another one see a

good amount of roots still on that and

these two actually I'll just leave those

together because I am going to put three

in this hole so I'll just leave those

like this okay Alex my turn come on

that's not your hole okay gently like

before we're going to pinch these leaves

off careful not to pull and rip on the

stem so these guys right here I'm going

to lay gently right here you can see

that there's plenty of stem in the hole

and the leaves will be above that soil

level and I can lay one more on this


after I pinch these leaves off and I'm

going to use the soil to kind of prop

these guys up in the hole

he and his friends are the reasons I

have cages around all of my plants

because they come in here and dig and

they want to use these nicely dug holes

these fresh holes for toilets and they

also like to use them as lounging areas

so we're going to do our best to

accommodate giving the cats and a nice

place to hang out but not destroy our

plants and none of that soil that went

in that hole was packed and I just

loosely dropped it in and right at the

last moment when the plants are in I'm

given just a just a little tiny bit of a

pat to help put them in place and now

that the cats have lost in trees

hopefully we'll pull that soil will pull

that mulch layer back up around the


well no such luck

you can see in the background here that

I gave up pushing the cat's away I put a

piece of fencing temporarily around

these plants once those pepper plants

get large enough the cats won't be able

to hurt them too much but right now

they're very young and very tender so I

want to protect them with this wire cage

we have three remaining pepper plants so

this one that we pulled out with the

water method we're going to lay it in

here and you guys have seen the

gardening channel gardening with puppies

where Paula she has her two puppies that

are often in the garden with her well I

feel like I'm gardening with kitties and

often I'm gardening with one hand and

pushing cats out of the planting holes

with the second hand

now because this one is so much smaller

I'm going to go ahead and put some soil

to prop it up

oh I almost forgot


all right hopefully that small piece of

wire in there will keep the cats off of

the plant and I can pull that mulch back

up around the mulch layer helps keep

moisture and overtime as those leaves

break down or your mulch breaks down it

adds nutrients to your soil be sure to

water your pepper plants when you

transplant them very well to help

prevent shot

well there we go even with cats I

managed to get nine pepper plants

planted thanks for joining me in the

daddy curbs garden thank you for joining

Chevy in the garden

Chevy thanks for joining me in the

garden thanks for not destroying my

plants this time I don't mind planting

with the cats sharing the garden space

with the cats because they are a sweet

addition to our farm we only have four

they're all rescues and they help

prevent some of the rodents and things

so we'll deal with the cats thanks again

I'll talk to you soon

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