Field Notes

Tips for Planting Peppers in Your Garden

Spring is in the air, and that means it is time for most of the country to start setting up your garden. Whether your tilling your compost, putting up your fences, or picking out your seeds, spring is in full bloom. If you are chili head like us here at The Chili Lab, then your garden must be chock full of peppers. 

The reason we celebrate chili peppers at The Chili Lab is that each fruit has a unique personality. Peppers have individual flavor profiles, Scoville rankings, and can compliment dishes in their own ways. Fostering this individuality begins with planting the pepper. That is why we are sharing secrets on planting peppers in your garden that we use in our Chili Flake blends

Tips for Planting Chili Peppers in Garden Blend

Our Garden Blend Chili Flakes is the newest of the bunch.

It has a very robust flavor profile. Not only is there a hint of berry and citrus in our Garden Blend, but these flakes burst with earthy tones with a touch of heat. That's much in thanks to these three delicious chili peppers. 

How to Plant Jalapeños

Jalapeños are slow growers. If you want them to flourish outside with the rest of your harvest, pot them indoors from 8 to 12 weeks before transplanting outside. 

These Mexican peppers flourish in the heat. They like full exposure to the sun and temps of 80° F to 85° F to produce the most exceptional yields. 

Scatter the seeds or transport potted soil 14 to 16 inches apart. Also, allow two to three inches per row. You can expect the jalapeño plants to sprout to about three feet.

Since the pepper is in the sun all day, keep the soil moist. However, don't overwater. Too much water can lead to root rot.

How to Plant Calabrian Peppers

These Italian peppers are tiny with a ton of personality. By personality, we mean heat. They are responsible for the bite in our Garden Blend. However, they also lend a bit of zest and brightness to the mix. 

Calabrians enjoy exposure to full sun and thrive with nutrient-dense soil. Plant eight to ten inches into the earth with the weather of no less than 60°F. Cover the area with mulch to retain water and nutrients. You want an NPK ratio of 12-12-12. Stop fertilizing after July. If temps dry too low at night, the extra nutrients may be a breeding ground for disease. 

How to Plant Green Hatch Chili Peppers

These big peppers are perfect stuffing...or for making Garden Blend Chili Flakes. While Green Hatch Chili Peppers thrive by planting indoor first, they are hardier than other peppers. Therefore, it's not necessary.

To get the highest yield, Green Hatch Chilies thrive in 85° to 90° F weather. Just make sure you don't plant outdoors if your nighttime temps hit 60° F. These plants do well indoors, so bring them in. Just make sure they are placed near a south-facing window for ample sunlight all day.

Tips for Planting Chili Peppers in Forager's Blend

The Forager's Blend Chili Flakes is our most popular.

It has a sweet kiss of a berry infused with a smoky bite that lingers long after you finish eating. Trust us, that's not a bad thing! There are three chili peppers in the Forager's Blend. Here are some tips on how planting them.

How to Plant Guajillos

Guajillos are popular in Latin cuisine. While they bring the heat, they also need the heat. Wait until the soil is around 70° F. Dig holes around the size of the guajillo root ball about 1.5 to 2 feet apart and place into their respective spot.

Water your plants after placing into the ground. From there, only water about two times per week. Be sure to use a spray nozzle even to disperse the water. By drenching the leaves, the guajillo plant becomes susceptible to mold.

If your plant becomes brown, stop watering for a couple of weeks. You will know the pepper is ready for harvest when all signs of green are gone, and the pepper boasts the bright red hue present in the Forager's Blend. 

How to Plant Chipotle Pepper

Chipotle peppers are actually dried out jalapeños. So, follow the growing process in the Garden Blend Chili Flakes section. However, don't pick these chilies while they are green. Wait for them to turn red.

From there, you want to smoke the jalapeños until they have a black and leathery exterior. After, dry them out. You officially have chipotles you can toss into a soup or sauce, or grind into a coarse powder. 

How to Plant Pequin Peppers

Pequin is one of our favorite peppers. In fact, our most popular Chili Salts are crafted with this zesty fruit. This Tobasco pepper produces a large yield. They just need full sun and well-draining soil. 

These peppers grow more efficiently if they are potted inside six to eight weeks prior to transplanting into the ground. Fruit will be ready to harvest around 80 days after planting.

Be sure to water the plant at least once a week with one to two inches of water. Pequins like plenty of nitrogen. Fertilize lightly up to eight weeks after transplant.

Tips for Planting Chili Peppers in Grove Blend

The brightest of the bunch, our Grove Blend Chili Flakes live up to their name.

They enliven every dish added to and cause you to pucker your lips in delight. These flakes are tangy, juicy, and hot. This complex dichotomy is much in thanks to these three mouth-watering peppers.

How to Plant Habanero Peppers

Unless you live in a subtropical climate, start your habanero peppers indoors. Put outside two weeks before the last frost is set to happen. 

Place your habanero seeds or plants 1/2 inch deep and 18 inches apart. These plants need infrequent watering. However, when you do water, make sure to go deep. You also may need to cover these peppers to avoid them from cracking and drying out from the sun.

You can start to pick when they are green or wait until the pepper matures to a shade of red. The longer you wait to harvest, the hotter these peppers will be.

How to Plant Piri Piri Peppers

Also known as the African Red Devil, Piri Piri bring some genuine heat with a touch of smoke. As you'd imagine, they flourish in hot temperatures. 

Make sure the piri piri gets plenty of sun. Only water once or twice a week, going one to two inches deep each time. Keep an eye out for rot on the leaves because the plant is susceptible to growth during rainy seasons. These plants grow up to two feet tall and are mature when bright red. 

How to Plant Anaheim Peppers

This crisp pepper brings a bit of sweetness to our tangy blend. Anaheims are refreshing with a mild heat. While their bite isn't the hardest, they need hot temperatures. Anaheims thrive in 90° F.

Plant your Anaheim peppers 18 to 24 inches apart. Funny enough, they should hit about 18 to 24 inches at maturity. Speaking of, you can expect the Anaheim to reach maturity around 74 days.

Give Every Meal a Chili Kiss

While there is nothing more rewarding than growing your own food, we do live a fast-paced life. That's why we turn toward convenient items like Chili Flakes to bring flavor to our meals. 

Do you think these three blends sound good to be true? Well, don't choose between them. Try our Chili Flake Trios and get a sample of each flavor.

A little goes a long way when you are looking to transform your meal!