I'm trying to raise 'bhut jolokia' an Indian pepper commonly referred to as ghost chili here in the USA. It's not very common, and small plants are virtually unavailable, so I ordered seeds. I planted them in peat pellets, watered them regularly, and they sprouted but grew to about 1 1/2 inches tall, remaining the same for about 2 weeks. Then they seemed to wither, beginning at the soil level, falling over and dying. Any clue or remedy? It's been in the high 90's and I've kept them from direct sun exposure, but have given them a grow light and fish emulsionl and Miracle Grow mixtures. I do notice really small gnats ocassionally, but mostly on or about the soil. They never seem to get past the initial first two leaf stage. What do you think my problem is?
It sounds like they are damping off. This article will help you with that:
I Planted Naga Jolokia peppers about 2 months ago. They are growing very slow. They are planted in an organic potting mix in 12 inch pots. Do they need an acidic soil to grow well, and if so, how do I raise the acid level?
Actually, most of your garden veggies do enjoy slightly acidic soil. For peppers, they like a pH that is neutral to slightly acidic. It is best to have your soil tested or just test the pH levels and go from there. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-ph-plants.htm
Note: Peppers are similar the pH levels of tomatoes.
I purchased some ghost pepper seeds about 2 months ago. I have kept it indoors and water only when the bottom area was dry. It has sprouted nicely. I want to transplant it to a bigger pot, but I am unsure of what kind of soil/sand mixture to use. The seeds came in a soda looking can and it seems to have rocky sand/soil. I am not sure to what use for soil.
This article will help with growing peppers in pots: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/growing-peppers-container.htm
I want to care for the Ghost Pepper plant through the winter. I live in the upper midwest (Iowa), and we have rather cold winters. I have the plant in a 5 gallon bucket at this time. I understand that with care, they will last at least 5 years. Thanks.
Overwintering ghost peppers.
They will not survive outside, but you may be able to overwinter them indoors. Here are directions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/overwintering-peppers.htm
I have had my ghost peppers in my dehydrator for a few days now at 135 degrees and all I have seen in progress is that they are soft to the touch and are a little shriveled, nothing like what I have bought before.
Thin walled peppers usually dry easily by just being left to air dry in a single layer in a well-ventilated spot.
If your peppers have been in a dehydrator for a few days, I'd check the temperature with a thermometer to make sure the machine is working properly. Ghost peppers should be dry in just a few hours.
The leaves on my ghost pepper plants have blisters all over them and the edges are curling up. They also have brown spots and are turning yellow and falling off. The stems have brown streaks up and down them. I have 6 plants, 9 inches tall, and 8 plants, 2-3 inches tall. I have two 30-watt 6, 500k bulbs and three 23-watt 2, 700k bulbs on all my plants. Is there anything I can do to help them or am I going to have to throw them all out and start over?
Unfortunately, it sounds like bacterial leaf spot. There is not much you can do once it sets in. This article has more information: