The spicy tomato pepper looks remarkably like a ripe tomato, yet has both a slightly sweet and slightly hot flavor. The spicy tomato pepper can be eaten raw, used in cooking or made into salsa. Like all varieties of peppers, the spicy tomato pepper needs lots of warmth throughout its growing season, so when growing spicy tomato peppers it's best to start them indoors about eight to 10 weeks before spring.
Scoop seed-starting mix into planting packs to fill the cells full of soil. Pack the soil down thoroughly in each cell. Add more seed-starting mix if necessary so the soil is approximately 1/4 of an inch from the top.
Spray the surface of the seed-starting mix in the planting packs with water to saturate the soil.
Plant two spicy tomato pepper seeds per individual cell in the planting packs. Gently push the spicy tomato pepper seeds into the germinating media to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Sprinkle approximately 1/4 of an inch of the seed-starting mix over the spicy tomato pepper seeds.
Mist the soil in the planting packs with water to moisten the surface of the seed-starting mix, then spread a layer of plastic wrap over the planting packs which can help make the spicy tomato pepper seeds germinate more quickly.
Set the planting packs in a warm location that can also provide a strong source of light for eight to 10 hours every day. For ideal germination, the temperature needs to remain between 80 and 85 degrees F. The spicy tomato pepper seeds will germinate in approximately 10 to 12 days, depending on conditions.
Water the spicy tomato pepper seedlings to keep them moist, but not so moist that they are dripping wet. Fertilize the seedlings every 10 days using a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10 or similar) diluted to half strength. Transplant the spicy tomato pepper seedlings when they are 2 to 3 inches tall.
Transplanting Spicy Tomato Pepper Seedlings
Turn over the soil in the planting area to break up the soil and remove all weeds and any of their roots.
Dig planting holes for the spicy tomato pepper seedlings that are spaced 18 to 24 inches apart from each other. Each planting hole should be wide enough and deep enough to accommodate the entire root system of the seedling. A general rule is to dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the growing container and approximately its same depth.
Pop out a spicy tomato pepper seedling from the planting pack using your thumb.
Plant the seedling at the same level in the planting hole as it is currently growing at. Push in soil around the seedling, then firm the soil in and around the spicy tomato pepper seedling.
Mix together 1 tbsp. of a starter solution fertilizer, such as NPK 1-4-2, per 1 gallon of water. Water each of the spicy tomato pepper transplants thoroughly.