How to grow habanero peppers from seeds

Written by angela lafollette | 13/05/2017
How to grow habanero peppers from seeds
You can plant habanero pepper seeds indoors or outdoors. (Red habanero chillies isolated image by Elena Moiseeva from

Habanero peppers are red and orange in colour and are one of the hottest peppers in the world. The peppers can grow up to 2 ½ inches long and are common to areas like Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico. You can grow habanero peppers from seeds six to 10 weeks before the last frost. The peppers can grow both indoors or outdoors and grow well in warm and sunny locations. Habanero peppers add spice to a variety of dishes. The peppers can be kept for a long time by freezing or canning them.

Place the habanero pepper seeds into a bowl. Soak them overnight in warm water.

Combine an equal amount of garden soil, vermiculite and sand. Fill a seed tray with drainage holes with this mixture.

Plant the pepper seeds 1 inch apart and ¼ inch deep. Water the soil mixture to keep it moist. Place the seed tray into a plastic bag, or cover it with cling film to create humidity.

Sit the seed tray in indirect sunlight. Keep the temperature range between 23.9 and 29.4 degrees Celsius.

Water the seeds to keep the soil mixture moist. Take the seed tray out of the cling film or plastic bag after germination.

Thin out the weak seedlings. Discard seedlings that are weak after the seeds sprout their first and second sets of leaves.

Transplant your habanero pepper seedlings into 6-inch planter pots. Each habanero pepper plant will need its own planter. Water the soil to keep it moist, and keep the peppers in a warm and sunny location.

Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Warm water
  • Garden soil
  • Vermiculite
  • Sand
  • Seed tray with drainage holes
  • Plastic bag or cling film
  • 6-inch planter pots

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