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Can I grow chili pepper plants directly in my lawn?

19 November 2018 - 01:37 PM

For the past several years I have had good luck with growing chili peppers in a 4’ x 8’ raised bed garden.  My yard has very poor clay soil so the raised bed garden, filled with good soil, compost and amendments, was a good solution to this problem.

Next year however, I’d like to grow more chili pepper plants than will fit in my 4’ x 8’ raised bed garden.  And, I do not want to build another raised bed garden.  I initially thought about expanding my growing capacity by growing in containers (e.g., 5 gallon buckets).  But, I am now considering growing directly in the ground in my back yard lawn.  My back yard is a grassy lawn.


Is there any reason why the following method wouldn't work?


Instead of using an above ground container, I’d dig a 12” wide by 12” deep hole in my lawn, but would not till up all the surrounding soil (i.e., I would leave the surrounding grass in place).  I would fill the dug hole with a mixture of compost, regular soil and fertilizer, and plant the chili plant in it.  Then, I’d cut the top off a 5 gallon bucket and insert it in the top of the hole in order to serve as a weed/grass barrier around the periphery of the hole, so that I could run a weed eater trimmer right up next to the bucket and not disturb the plant.


For reference on the idea, attached is a picture of some hops plants which the grower seems to have used the same basic method that I am contemplating using for growing chili pepper plants.


I’d be grateful to get the thoughts of some of THP community on this idea.  Do you think this method would work?  Would there be any major foreseeable problems with this way of growing chili plants?


Thank you!


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3W COB LED Clip Lamp - Good for indoor desk chile plant?

20 March 2018 - 02:12 PM

Hello All,


I've found this forum to be a wealth of information on LED grow lights.  Thanks to all who have relayed their experiences with LED lighting.  I've tried to familiarize myself with the topic, but the trouble is I'm a slow learner and I haven't yet attained a good understanding of a lot of the tech and specs of LED grow lights.


So, I thought I'd start out with a very simple, basic and specific question to those here with LED grow light expertise.


I'd like to grow and keep one small ornamental Medusa chile plant on my desk.


Would the following Flexible Gooseneck 3W COB LED Desk Clip Lamp Table Light be able to provide the necessary light requirements for one desk ornamental chile plant to keep it alive and growing so that it would eventually produce a few pods over time?




I'd appreciate any feedback on this matter.  And, if anyone has any other recommendations for a relatively inexpensive LED Desk Clip Light that would work as a grow light for a single indoor ornamental chile plant, I'd love to hear any recommendations, as well.


Thank you!




Small Scale Chile Grower - Seeking Grow Contract For Seeds

14 February 2018 - 03:12 PM

Hello All,


My name is Will.  I live in Coatesville PA which is a western suburb of Philadelphia PA.  I've been a member here for a few years, but have not posted much on THP.  I've mainly just lurked and enjoyed reading the posts of other members.


I've been a backyard chili pepper gardener for the past several years.  Last year, a generous CSA farmer near me let me grow two rows of various chili peppers (about 130 plants) on his farm, and I had pretty good success.


This year, I plan to grow two rows of chili peppers on my friend's farm again.  One row will be chili peppers for the customers of the CSA.


For the second row, which would be about 60 plants, I'm looking to grow for someone who is looking for chili pepper seed stock.


Please message me if you would be interested in having me grow about 60 chili pepper plants for seed stock for you.  FYI, I would not be able to isolate the chili pepper plants by distance.  But, I would be able to isolate the chili pepper plants by caging and covering the plant in tulle netting (barrier isolation).


Attached are a few pictures from my chili pepper micro farming endeavor from last year.  In a few of the pictures, you'll see the type of caging and netting isolation that I would be able to provide.


If anyone near the Philadelphia area would be interested in having me grow chili pods for seeds on a micro level (i.e. approximately 60 pepper plants), please feel free to message me.


Thank you and best regards.

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Long Hot Cayenne Peppers - Your Favorites

12 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

Hello All,


New member here who is learning a lot from the THP forums.  Thanks to all for all the great content and advice.


In the past I've enjoyed growing Long Hot Cayenne Heirloom Peppers such as these:

Hot Portugal
Large Thick Cayenne
Maule’s Red Hot
Yalova Charleston
I intend to grow the above mentioned varieties again this year, while adding types like the hot Thunder Mountain Longhorn and the not-hot Jimmy Nardello pepper.
If the forum members have suggestions for any other hot or not-so-hot heirloom Long Cayenne type varieties which I could add to my 2017 grow list, I'd appreciate any recommendations.
I'd love to hear what some of your favorites are among the Long Hot (and not-so-hot) Cayenne Heirloom Pepper varieties.
Thank you,

Pruning question

06 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

Hello All,


Question from newbie on pruning pepper plants.


I've seen and read several posts on the topic of Topping pepper plants for higher yields.  It seems the topping method causes the pepper plant to become more wide and bushy, which leads to improve yields.


But, what if I wanted to keep my pepper plants (which I intend to grow in 15 gallon nursery pots) less bushy and wide?  I've seen some pictures of end of the season pepper plants grown in 15 gallon pots, and have noticed that some of the pepper plants get quite large and bushy.


If I wanted to keep the width of the pepper plant to say within a 30 inch diameter, as the plant grows and extends its branches beyond the desired 30 inch diameter, is it ok to trim back the branches so that the plant stays within the desired width without doing significant damage to the plant?


What would be the pros and cons of pruning the pepper grown in a container so that it stays within a general cylindrical area having a 30 inch diameter?


Thank you.