How to Care For Your Ghost Plant and Trinidad Plant

Hardening off

Young seedlings will need a period to adjust and acclimate to outdoor conditions, prior to transplanting outdoors. This transition period is called “hardening off”. Hardening off gradually exposes the plants to sun, wind and rain and toughens them up by thickening the cuticle on the leaves so that the leaves lose less water. This helps prevent transplant shock; seedlings that languish, become stunted or die from sudden changes in temperature.

The plants we sell are not hardened off.

When Should I start the hardening Off process?

The overnight temperatures need to stay above 55 degrees for a young pepper plant to survive, and your plant should be at least twelve inches tall.

I’m ready, How do I do it?

  1. Place your plants in a shady area outside for ten minutes for the first three days and then bring them indoors.
  2. For the next three days (day 4-6) keep them in a shady area for thirty minutes and bring indoors.
  3. Increase exposure to an hour for days 7-9.
  4. Increase exposure to three to four hours on day 10-12
  5. After twelve days your plants should be able to handle the sun and stay out all day exposed to partial sun for
    days 13 and 14.
  6. After this two week hardening schedule your plants will be able to withstand weather conditions.


With tomato plants its best to bury the plant below the soil line because roots from a tomato plant grow higher up on the stem so they can establish their roots. This is NOT the case With a pepper plant! Burying the stem below the soil line may cause the plant to produce less peppers. Bury the plant directly at the soil line and it will develop correctly.

Ongoing fertilization

Nitrogen is for leaves, and too much nitrogen will impact the size of the
harvest. Too much nitrogen will cause a pepper plant to drop flowers and
small peppers.

When plants are 8″ tall With full strength Schultz 10-15-10 fertilizer every
time you water.

After transplanting to the garden, fertilize With Miracle-Gro only if the
plants show signs of nitrogen deficiency, and then fertilize.

The producing pepper plant

Your plant will produce well over one-hundred hot peppers equaling over a pound of fresh peppers each growing season! Your plant can live three years or even longer producing pounds and pounds of peppers over its lifetime.

These pepper plants make great potter plants and this way you can take them indoors during harsh weather. I would highly recommend using a tomato cage With indoor pepper plants. If you place them in pots you can use black top soil combined With a manure mix for optimal soil nutrition.

When to start seeds

Start seeds 8-10 weeks before the daily low temperature is expected to stay above 55 F.

Starting Your Ghost Plant or Trinidad Plant From Seed

At we guarantee our seeds have a 90% germination rate and better! We use a much larger scale using 1000w MH bulbs and a much larger green house, but the method stated below is similar to how we start our seeds.

Start your pepper seeds using Jiffy Pellet Pods placed in a small Jiffy Green House. You may want to use a seed starting soil mixture instead of the Jiffy Pods. Your seeds will need to be around 70/ 75 degrees, most of the time room temperature is alright. You may need to use grow light to keep our seeds warm until germination, and after germination
the grow lamp is the perfect light source. You can easily find the Jiffy Green House Supplied With the pods and a grow light at Wall-mart, Lowes, or Home Depot for about $10.00. With all the supplies you can easily grow your own plants year after year!

Some people like to soak their seeds overnight and this is fine to do, but I have never soaked my seeds just because I’ve had great success With using Jiffy Pellets. If you would like to use a seed starter soil instead you will need to use Sphagnum Moss for the best germination rate. Your seeds will germinate in 1-2 weeks, but dont be surprised if your
seeds take 3-4 weeks to germinate.

How to Care For Your Ghost Plant and Trinidad Plant

Saving seeds

On average, pepper seeds will remain viable for 2 years; storage conditions can greatly extend this period. Seeds should be removed from the pods and stored in moisture-proof containers kept in a refrigerator.