Growing pepper yourself - can it work?

Growing pepper yourself - can it work?

Pull pepper from seeds

You can get pepper seeds from well-stocked garden centers or on the Internet. Growing from seeds is quite difficult because the grains do not germinate reliably and the young plants are also quite susceptible. In principle, the seeds can be planted all year round, provided that you can offer the pepper bush tropical conditions all year round. The seeds are simply put in a container with potting soil, kept warm and kept well moist. They germinate at around 27 to 30 ° C and high humidity. However, you can take care of the latter with the help of a spray bottle. If a pepper bush is already present, it is easier to propagate using cuttings. The fruits can be harvested and processed around eight months after flowering.

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What kind of pepper can you train to become a bonsai?

Sometimes you can marvel at pepper bonsais from breeders and passionate hobby designers. However, these are not plants of the genus Piper Nigrum, but the so-called Szechuan pepper (Zanthoxylum piperitum), also known as mountain pepper or Chinese pepper. This species is not related to real pepper but, on the contrary, to the citrus family. The real pepper, on the other hand, is unsuitable as a bonsai plant.

Properly care for pepper

Pepper prefers a permeable, nutrient-rich substrate made of humus soil and sand, which you can mix yourself in a 3: 1 ratio. Otherwise, the plant needs a partially shaded, warm location - the ambient temperature must never fall below 18 ° C. In the absence of tropical trees, you can offer your pepper bush - after all, it is a climbing plant - an alternative climbing aid. It is important, however, that you mist the plant at least once a day with a spray bottle to keep the humidity high enough. You only need to water moderately - it is sufficient to just keep the substrate slightly moist. Fertilization with liquid complete fertilizer takes place every two weeks. Since it is an evergreen tropical plant and the tropics only have a time of day, but not a season,care remains the same all year round.

Tips & Tricks

Another very interesting, but much easier to care for alternative is the Brazilian pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius), also known as pink pepper or Christmas berry. This tree, which can be several meters high, can be overwintered in a cool, but frost-free manner in winter.