Perpetual Peppers, How to Grow Chilipeppers




It all started when I received a present of dried peppers from South Africa.

These peppers are really great, both is size and flavour so I decided to grow them myself and make pictures for this instructable in the process :).

Its my first instructable, it took a year to grow...


Step 1: Collecting Seeds

To get the seeds just open up the dried peppers

Step 2: Sowing

Sow the seeds in general purpose potting soil, about 2 cm apart.

Step 3: Planting

When the pot gets crowded, carefully replant in individual pots.
If you have a (vegetable)garden plant them in the soil, my "garden" consists of a assortment of pots.

Step 4: Watering and Waiting

Water the plants and wait for growt.
Fertilize as you want, I tend to use liquid fertilizer, once a week.

Step 5: Flowers and Fruits

This is just a step to show how mother nature takes care of things: first there are tiny white flowers and then small green peppers.

Step 6: Wonderfull Peppers!

And then, after 5 months, you get this as end product.



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    3 years ago

    Right on thanks so much!

    Great indestructible. I take the seed grouping (the whole pot without the pot) and put it in a bucket of water.. the dirt dissolves off the pepper roots and all I'm left with is the plant/roots.. might be better than trying to separate the plants individually....


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Habanero is Capsicum Chinense, it will require much more time to ripen than usual Annum. (Chinense 120-150 days, Annum 70-90)
    1st tip, start to germinate your seeds as soon as possible.
    Minimum T° required is 26°C, keep the germ box moisted.
    When the seedlings appear, give them a lot of light (temp might be between 20-22°).
    Soil is very important for Chinense, ph between 5-6.5 EC no more than 0,8 deciSiemens/meter.
    Good luck ;)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is an update on my pepper-pots.
    Since I live in a very nice climate and due to a utter lack of time to garden, this sorry lot seized their opportunity and just grew on to produced these very varied peppers, in their second year. Peppers are supposed to be annual...
    This morning I used them to make green tomato chutney (which is the sole purpose of growing them).

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Peppers do actually form a bush and will happily grow onto their 2nd year, but the results aren't as prolific. No reason not too... I've done it a few times :)

    I followed this instructable last year and ended up with like 10 peppers from 2 plants. This year I want to try it again but i have a little problem. Aside from cayannes I also grew hungarian wax peppers. I dont know if they cross pollinated. If i took a seed from one of my largest dried peppers will it grow or will it be unstable and cause problems?

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    we get a mix of peppers with our saved seeds - who cares they all taste good and it's chili roulette :)


    We tend to buy new seed every other year. The peppers do cross pollinate but sometimes the result is rather nice. Once cut into a dish you won't taste the difference. :)

    At the moment I am growing bell shaped peppers but it is important they come out that way because we want to use them for Christmas decorations.

    So, a straight answer: the seeds you save from the peppers will give you edible plants that might be cross pollinated, unless your original seeds were F!-hybrids for which I refer you to a discussion held here earlier.

    Show us a picture of your peppers! :)


    9 years ago on Step 6

    thank you for taking the time to share.  i have  a question can i get seeds from any vegetable i buy from the market and grow it

    10 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I have successfully grown grape tomatoes from seeds taken from tomatoes at a salad bar.
    Actually, almost every seed I have tried sprouting from a grocery store has worked, the only exception being dried hot peppers in a bag of parrot treat.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    There are some promiscous veg such as squash which more often than not do not breed true - but this often doesn't matter because you'll be creating your own varieties.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction


    and more importantly:


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I have tried growing from seed from store bought produce, but have had trouble getting them to grow.

    My friends mum said that because store bought produce is "forced", they tend not to give good seeds...

    I don't know if there is any truth in that, or I just have the knack of killing everything I try to grow. Maybe one of our green fingered friends could comment.


     In addition to the produce being "forced", I've heard that some growers genetically modify their plants so that the fruits contain seeds that will not germinate, effectively sterilizing the plant. After all, they can't have us laypeople doing something as self-sufficient as growing our own produce, that would drive them out of business!

    You have to be careful when you are trying to germinate seeds from produce you buy in a store. Unless it's specifically "heirloom" and "organic" (which has a very loose interpretation) it won't germinate easily and if it does, and it produces flowers, there is a good possibility that the other plants it polinates with will not produce either because they will mix it's sterile genetics within it's systems... Does that make sense?

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 6

    Hybrids apparently have difficulty germinating to start with. The prob with most produce is that its picked early and ripened on the road. This in my opinion is probably the biggest factor in low germination rates.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I would advice you to invest a packet of 'proper' seeds and see what happens then.
    If it depends on the treatment you give them: try dividing your seedlings in groups and putting them in different places/watering conditions/soil mixtures; whichever survives and bears fruit is the way to grow something at our home :)


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    Thank you for the friendly words, it was fun to make this instructable. The peppers are still producing, they survived the winter.
    About your question:
    What happens when you use seeds from bought vegetables is that you don't know what will come out, it cuold be that the vegetable in question has been polinated by another species. Sometimes the result may be interesting.
    A pack of seeds is not really expensive and you are sure of the species that will grow out of them
    (If you sow half the seeds the rest of the packet is there as a backup system)