How to Care for Potted Pepper Plants

Overview

It's hard to beat the bold taste of fresh picked peppers grown in a home garden. Growing peppers in pots or containers allows just about anyone to grow peppers no matter what climate they live in. Understand how to care for the plants properly and you will be rewarded with an ample supply of tasty treats at the end of the growing season.

Step 1

Find a location that provides at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Check the area throughout the day to ensure enough sun. This is vital to the production of peppers.

Step 2

Place a tomato cage, stakes or other support around the potted peppers at (or soon after) transplanting. Doing this now prevents damage to the root system as it grows. This will help support the weight of the peppers on the plant.

Step 3

Use a hand trowel or gloved hand to add 1 inch of mulch around each potted pepper plant. Doing this assists in maintaining moisture in the topsoil of the plant.

Step 4

Give the pepper plants water until it leaks from the bottom of the pot. Get rid of any water under the plants container.

Step 5

Stick your finger in the soil about an inch regularly to see if it is dry. Water potted peppers only when it is.

Step 6

Wait 4 weeks or when peppers begin to appear on plants to fertilize. Add a water-soluble fertilizer especially for vegetables to plants.

Step 7

Follow the directions for amounts of fertilizer to supply. Repeat every 2-3 weeks during growing period.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand trowel
  • Fertilizer
  • Water supply
  • Mulch
  • Stakes
  • Cages

References

  • University of Arizona Cooperative Extension: Vegetable Garden -- Container Garden
  • West Virginia University Extension Service: Container Gardening
  • Iowa State University Extension: Container Vegetable Gardening

Who Can Help

  • New Mexico State University: Growing Chili Pepper Plants Indoors
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