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How long should I keep rooting pepper plant in water?

Posted by orangeblossom76 Ga (My Page) on
Thu, May 20, 10 at 11:59

I have been rooting a "yummy bell pepper" plant in water since i had to pull it out of the pot about a week ago - there were two seedlings in the 4inch pot, and i was told that i couldn't grow both together in a 3 gallon container.

there were a few short (1/3 inch) roots - so i've put it in a cup of water and wow - i've been amazed at the root growth! There are about 20 little root shoots on one side (opposite side of original roots) and about a dozen on the other side - most over 1/2 inch long. They seem to have doubled since yesterday!
My plan was to plant them in a small pot, keep in my kitchen window until firmly established, and then plant outside in a large container.

So. . how long do i need to leave it in the water? Can i leave it too long and it all rots? Should i go ahead and stick it in dirt?

And when i plant it in small pot - do i need to use a certain kind of mix? my regular potting soil has fertilizer - too strong? I have some other stuff without fertilizer as well as some sand - should i mix some sand in, etc?

thanks!!!


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RE: How long should I keep rooting pepper plant in water?

They might know more over at the hot pepper forum, but the sooner you plant it in soil, the better. I'd put it in a lite mix of perlite/peat/potting soil. Sand won't hurt it, and fertilizer will help it. If you look in the container forum, there is a whole thread with a formula for Al's gritty mix. That is a well drained potting soil that everyone raves about. I think the name of the thread is Water Movement in soils, or something like that, and it's close to the top of the thread list.

I have 4 peppers, but mine are outside in the dirt. Peppers can live to 40 years and can grow into large gnarly bushes. Mine are never without peppers. I do have the hot kind, however. I'm not sure if they like snow, so containers that you can bring in are probably best. We have zero snow here, and even in the cold weather, they bear peppers.

It's pretty hard to kill a pepper. They are very tough. They can even be bonsai'd, and you know that process! They trim roots, put in very little dirt, and the plant still lives! TOUGH little guys!

I'd get those planted ASAP!
Suzi


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RE: How long should I keep rooting pepper plant in water?

Awesome! Thanks. She's now growing happily in a 4 inch pot. i figured i will wait to see actual growth b/f i transfer into a bigger container.

thanks for the tips - since they are in containers. . i think i might end up bringing one in for the winter. and the bonsai. . fun!


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