Although the peppers in your garden are spicy, you can use a few techniques to ensure they grow with a stronger kick that will leave anyone’s mouth in a blaze.
You most likely enjoy the spicy sensation peppers bring to the food you cook if you grow them in your garden.Growing spicier peppers in your garden only requires a few simple methods. Use these tips to help you grow peppers that will make you feel the heat as you chew.
Limit Their Water Intake
While all plant life needs water to survive, this method will ensure the spiciness in peppers increases. Watering the plant less will ensure it becomes stressed and develops a reaction that causes the fruit it bears to become spicier. Various reactions may occur when organisms undergo stress, such as heightened perception or increased chemicals.
Limiting water may increase the capsaicin in the plant and make the peppers hotter. This method may be a hit-or-miss as stress may cause the plant to suffer. Avoid depriving the plant of water; instead, avoid overwatering it or decreasing the water you provide. Since peppers are one of the best crops to plant in the summer, they are typically heat resistant, and limiting their water supply is typically the fastest way to place stress on them.
Monitor Their Nitrogen Levels
Most plants on Earth feed off the nitrogen in the soil from decaying organic tissue. Keeping track of these nitrogen levels helps you grow spicier peppers in your garden. Various nitrogen levels have different effects on plants.
Your pepper plants undergo stress and may produce spicier fruit at low nitrogen levels, and at high levels, they’ll flower more and produce peppers with less capsaicin due to the increased energy received.
Scoop two grams of soil and test the nitrate levels using nitrate strips to determine if the nitrogen is high or low. Add coffee grounds or composted manure to the soil if you need more nitrogen.
Allow Them To Age
The fruit you don’t pluck at its peak ripeness continues to mature and develop more nutrients and chemicals. Peppers will have more capsaicin after you’ve let them age on the plant for longer. The chemical will continue to build up inside the fruit and develop into a spicier pepper.
Avoid waiting too long to pick them to prevent over-ripening. Most hot peppers take about five months to mature. Wait an extra week or ten days to ensure the spiciness is higher.
Peppers are a favored food among many and make an excellent addition to dishes. Use these tips to grow the spiciest peppers and enjoy the extra sensation of heat that floods your tastebuds.