By Alex DymonWinter is still upon us, but this has no bearing on your ability to grow delicious hot peppers in the comfort of your own home. Whether you are growing indoors from sprout to harvest, or simply starting off your seeds for the outdoor season, both can be accomplished with great success. In part one of this series I will discuss the best methods used for sprouting your pepper seeds. Although it is possible to sprout your seeds in soil, we will be focusing on the hydroponic methods in order to take advantage of the many benefits of hydroponic growing. These benefits include increased growth rates, faster maturity and fruit production as well as increased yields.
What you will need:
- Propagation Tray
- Propagation Dome
- Growing media such as Jiffy 7 or Rockwool Starter Blocks
- Growth nutrient such as DN Gro or DN Organic Gro
- pH testing equipment such as Test Drops or Litmus Paper or a Digital Tester
- pH down such as Phosphoric Acid
- Container for mixing nutrient solution
- Water (tap is fine in most applications)
- Optional: Seedling Heat Mat and Thermostat, Thermometer/Hygrometer, Fluorescent Grow Lamp.