If you have grown any pepper variety successfully before, chances are good that you can grow inferno hot peppers as well. Like other peppers, they do best when started indoors, then transplanted outside when the weather is warm enough. Inferno hot peppers do not tolerate frost.
Sow inferno hot pepper seeds in starter mix in a flat indoors, to a depth of a quarter inch. Place the flat in a window that gets full sun, preferably southern exposure.
Cover the flat with plastic wrap. This will act as a greenhouse for the seeds.
Water the seeds regularly with a mister. If you do not see condensation on the underside of the plastic wrap, the peppers need more water. Using a mister allows you to water without disturbing the seeds or soil.
Remove the plastic wrap when seedlings break ground and begin reaching for the sun. Continue to water regularly when there is no runoff in the tray beneath the flat.
Fertilize with a good all-purpose vegetable fertilizer once the first true leaves have appeared. True leaves are those that are not covered by the seed casings that birthed your seedlings. Follow the instructions for application on the fertilizer package.
Thin seedlings to one or two strong, healthy specimens per cell. Discard the smaller seedlings. This ensures the larger ones will grow well, because there will not be as much competition for nutrition and sun.
Transplant outdoors to an area of your garden that gets full sun once ambient temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Dig garden soil to a depth of about 12 inches.
Mix compost into the soil at a 1:1 ratio with the soil. Use a shovel to mix the compost and soil together thoroughly.
Squeeze the cells of the flat gently to loosen the root ball of each pepper plant cluster. Plant each pepper plant to the same depth as the root ball. Cover the root ball with soil and pat down. Space plants 14 inches apart.
Mulch to a depth of 3 inches around the pepper plants. Do not allow the mulch to touch the bases of the plants. Leave a 2- to 3-inch gap from the mulch to the base of each plant.
Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Pepper plants require consistent watering. Fertilize again once flowers have appeared on the plants. Harvest the hot peppers once they have turned red and ripe. The peppers start out lime green, gradually deepen to an orange and then a bright red when they are ready to be picked.
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