Perhaps you think that gardening is a hobby for elder people as the good way to spend their time. But gardening is something young people would love. It is fun to watch your plant grows and you can harvest it later. Green chilli plant can be your first thing to be grown if you want to start gardening. Why? It is easy to grow and harvest. You don’t need to wait for long times to feel and taste your effort in planting green chilies.
How to Grow Green Chilli Plant?
From all of vegetables variants, green chilies are the easiest plant to grow. Green chilies are also the best types of vegetable you can grow in the garden along with other plants like green pepper and Jalapenos. If you grow it very well, you will get to taste the best chilies you have ever planted. Another good thing is you don’t need to put effort in planting this spicy vegetable. It is good to plant green chilies since they are something you will find easily in every human’s kitchen. You may say that they are one of the main ingredients or spices to make your food taste good. It can be used in true form or dried. Another option is you can make it as chilli powder to be added in your cooking. Though you always buy them at the market, it is much better to obtain them from your own garden without paying. Most of all, you can get it fresh without pesticide.
Green chilies are called Capsicum Annuum in Latin language. It is believed that green chilies are actually red chilies. However, they are harvested before turning red. You can’t guess the taste. Sometimes, it can be hot and mild and they believe if green chili comes from South America. It is usually planted in warm areas with constant temperature between 55 degrees Fahrenheit. To start planting it, you need green chili seeds. You can find that on gardening store or you can plant another chili from its seeds. If your country has four seasons, then you need to plant it in mid April or about six to eight weeks before your country enter frost season or winter. As you know, nothing grows in winter so hot weather is the best time to grow chilies as many as you want. It is better for you to plant it outside your house since it will get the direct sunlight.
You don’t need to worry about the temperature since there is no changing at all between day and night as long as you plant it outside. But if you plant it inside on the pot, then it will be other stories since you need to put it under the sunlight in the morning. If you plant it outside, then you need to make space the seedlings area about 18 or 24 inches so they will grow perfectly. One plant and another would not be crushed. Use fertilizer to fertilize your seedlings area after planting the green chili seeds. When choosing the fertilizer, you need to be careful enough. Try to find the fertilizer with phosphorus and nitrogen so you can get healthy seedlings. Those ingredients will make your chilies grow well. Don’t forget to water the seedlings twice a week so the soil will be moist.
Planting and Protecting Green Chilli Plant
Don’t let the soil dry because it will make them hard to grow. You need to keep it moist for several inches. If you plant them in growing season, then you don’t need to water it often since rain will help you in growing them. But if you plant them in dry season, water it frequently. After planting them in four weeks, you need to add another dose of fertilizer so you can make it grow faster than before. First thing you need to know in gardening is pests. Every thing you do in your life must have enemy or challenge you have to face and find the solution of it. Pests are the most public enemy for gardeners. You need to protect it very well and check them daily. For green chilies, pests that are commonly found are whiteflies, cutworms and aphids. If you find them, remove it immediately and cut off the branch or leaved which are damaged by them.
If you don’t cut it, then other branches and leaves will be in ill. The best thing to remove pests is pesticide. However, usual pesticide is made of chemical ingredients and that is bad for your health. Though you wash the vegetables with enough water, it doesn’t mean that the pesticide has been removed completely. You can make homemade pesticide by mixing two tablespoons of baby shampoo and two tablespoons of cooking oil along with one gallon of water. Spray that lightly to your plants to prevent insects from your green chili plant so it will grow healthy and you can use them for your cooking recipes.