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Peppers that grow upwards used to fascinate me as a kid growing up.
Watching my expert gardener parents ply their trade was fascinating and I remember my mother telling one time that peppers that grow upwards were usually hot.
It’s funny how things stick with you but I have avoided them ever since because hot peppers really aren’t my thing.
So the question I received is are all peppers that grow upwards really hot? And the answer is no.
There are varieties of peppers that point upwards which are mild but predominantly, those in an upward pointing direction will have some level of heat.
The hottest peppers in the world such as the Carolina Reaper point downwards so the argument that only those growing in an upright fashion are hot is not really an argument.
What Are Peppers That Grow Upwards?
There are too many peppers that grow upwards to mention in this short article but generally, think Thai varieties, Tabasco, Calico and Fresno peppers.
That’s just for starters.
Whether you’re growing peppers in your garden or inside your home in containers, they can really add some color to your landscape.
I’m not just talking about natural color but mixing in a variety of pepper that points the other way can really transform the aesthetic appearance of a garden.
My parents never put these varieties in the same space either in the garden or inside the house. They would keep them apart to avoid any cross pollination but it was quite amazing to see the contrast in the appearance of pepper varieties that posted down and those that pointed upwards.
So when thinking of getting that visual edge to your garden to impress neighbors, family and friends, consider what are called the ornamental type of peppers. And the four we’ve mentioned above fall into this category.
How To Grow And Care For Your Peppers
The truth is, there is not much difference to caring or growing a vertical pepper plant that there is to one that has peppers naturally pointing downwards.
The growth phase is pretty much the same for all pepper varieties. While a pepper may point upwards, it’s still a pepper so don’t think there is a whole new care routine involved here.
Here’s a short reminder of the basics you’ll need to know in how to grow them.
Start with the right soil. I like to have a mixture of potting mix and organic soil. The foundation to growing anything starts at the soil level and if you get this wrong, the rest will fall apart.
So give your peppers a great start and make sure the soil is right. Not sure what to use? Then head to your local garden center. The staff there will put you on the right track.
I’ve been adding Burpee Bone Meal to my organic soil. It’s been working really well.
Make sure you pick a nice, warm spot for your peppers. They love warmer conditions and generally frown upon cold climate. Temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit are preferred.
If you are in a cold climate area, think about using a grow light if you are growing your plants inside.
If you live in a frost-prone area, use your judgement in assessing when the last frost will affect your area if planting outside. Tech today is tremendous at long range weather predictions.
Water Your Peppers Regularly
Water your plants regularly. When I say regularly, my mom always watered in the morning or evening.
She generally watered every second day depending on how hot it was and in our area, it was pretty hot. The one thing she taught me then was never overwater your plants.
Avoid the notion that keeping their roots soaked will do them good. It won’t. So use your judgement again. Put your finger in the soil. It if doesn’t go into the soil easily them some watering is required.
Fertilize Your Pepper Plants
Once again, you need to be smart here. Using too much of anything will harm whatever you’re growing. That is a given.
The same applies to fertilizing your pepper plants. Whether you have peppers that grow upwards, downwards or sideways, too much fertilizer can burn your plants. So be sensible here.
If I plant seedlings, I give it at least six weeks before adding fertilizer. If seeded, this will be up to ten weeks. Miracle-Gro Shake n’ Feed is a good start or consider Pepper and Herb Fertilizer from Greenway Biotech Inc. Just don’t go “crazy” here. Follow the instructions on the label. That’s all you need to do.
Growing Peppers That Grow Upwards In Containers
When growing peppers that grow upwards in containers, remember that putting a container with a hot variety next to a mild variety won’t affect its taste or heat.
Above I mention avoiding putting different varieties in the same space so just avoid putting them in the same pots.
Some of the varieties to consider putting in pots in side your home include Numex Twilight Peppers, the Bolivian Rainbow Peppers and Fushimi Peppers. Add these to the varieties we mention above in this article and you’ll have a good range to choose from.
What I like about the varieties I’ve mentioned is their atheistic look. They look good. They add color. And they blend in well with other plant varieties especially in providing color to whatever area you put them in.
Of the peppers I’ve mentioned, what’s my favorite? Well, I don’t really have a favorite but I do like the Fushimi variety. Why? Well, it’s sweet and I love sweet and it’s one of those fruits and vegetables that you can pull right of the plant and eat.
My dad used to do this all the time whether they were hot or mild and he never flinched once. Imagine having a container with Fushimi peppers in your home within arms reach of your television watching couch?
Have I given you any ideas yet? Let me know in the comments how you do growing your peppers that grow upwards.