How to Plant Chili Seeds


If you like to spice things up in the kitchen, the chili is an essential addition to your vegetable garden. But the chili also makes an attractive ornamental in flower gardens. There are many different varieties of chili. Some are great for spicy culinary additions and others are simply beautiful to watch grow. Most chilies are red or green, but some varieties come in shades of orange, yellow, purple and brown, and some cultivars are mottled. And no matter what chili variety you choose to grow in your garden, you'll find its seeds easy to plant and cultivate.

Step 1

Wash each pot out with a 10 percent bleach solution. Rinse it well and leave it to dry for 24 hours to allow any remaining chlorine to dissolve.

Step 2

Fill each pot with sterile seed-starting potting soil to within 1/2 inch of its lip.

Step 3

Moisten (do not soak) the soil with water from a watering can.

Step 4

Place three to four chili seeds in the center of each pot and cover it with roughly 1/4 inch of soil. Then use your finger to gently press the soil on top of the seed.

Step 5

Place the pot indoors in a sunny, warm (between 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) spot with good air circulation.

Step 6

Water the chili seed's soil so that it remains moist at all times.

Step 7

Dilute a commercial nitrogen fertilizer to half-strength and give it to the seedlings and apply it according to the manufacturer's instructions for seedlings once every two weeks until you transplant the chilies out of doors.

Step 8

Thin the weaker seedlings in the pot by cutting them off at soil level with a pair of pruning shears. Leave only one seedling per pot.

Things You'll Need

  • 2- to 3-inch pot
  • Seed-starting potting soil
  • Watering can
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Pruning shears
  • Nitrogen fertilizer


  • National Garden Bureau Inc.: Chile Pepper
  • Texas A&M University: Pepper
Keywords: chili seeds, plant chili, garden chili

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