Rough 1st year plans for hot pepper business:

  1. Plant 5 Jalapeno seeds indoors mid March using empty water bottles, and empty pop bottle to keep humidity in. Use direct light from window.
  2. Plant 5 Jalapeno seeds outdoor when min temperature is 15C
  3. If neither grow, harvest 1 Jalapeno from personal crop and collect seeds.
  4. Test seeds for germination
  5. Keep ~50 seeds, sell the rest.
  6. With profits, purchase new pepper seeds, equipment, etc.
  7. Next year, use seeds and sow indoors or direct (whichever had best outcome). If enough profits, purchase grow light.

Initial investment:

  • Seeds: Early Jalapeno Peppers – FREE
  • Seedling Pots: Empty half water bottles (holes on bottom for drainage) – FREE
  • Mature Pots: 1 Gallon Milk Jugs (not ideal, but no cost) – FREE
  • Soil: From yard – FREE
  • Water: Collected from Rain Barrel – FREE
  • Fertilizer: Fish Aquarium Water – FREE
  • Total: FREE

Year 2 purchases:

  • Grow light + Electricty cost ~$25
  • Seeds: Trinidad Scorpion, West Indies Red, Scotch Bonnet MOA – CARDI Import ~$12
  • Potting Soil ~$4
  • Larger mature pots (3 gallon min) ~ $16
  • Latex Gloves ~ $3
  • Estimated Total: $60
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