How to Care for a Decorative Pepper Plant

Overview

Gardeners who are pepper experts often enjoy experimenting with the many different varieties of peppers in a home garden. Many pepper plants grow easily and produce delicious vegetables throughout a growing season. Other pepper plants are ornamental in nature and produce tiny peppers in a range of beautiful colors. While some may be tempted to harvest and eat these tiny peppers, they are more suited for appreciating on the decorative pepper plant.

Step 1

Select a sunny location for the ornamental pepper plant with temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Provide water for the decorative pepper plant when the soil surface feels dry. Insert your finger into the soil at the base of the pepper plant, and if the top inch of soil feels dry, provide water. Saturate the soil only without splashing water on the foliage.

Step 3

Fertilize the ornamental pepper plant once per month by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of your container.

Step 4

Use your thumb and forefinger to pinch back several stems to encourage the ornamental pepper plant to become bushier. Choose two to four of the longest stems and simply remove the top 2 inches from the stems; the plant will respond by putting forth new growth.

Step 5

Wear the plastic gloves and remove the peppers as they fade and dry on the plant. Discard the peppers.

Step 6

Keep the ornamental pepper plant to continue to admire the green foliage after the peppers fade. It is unlikely the plant will blossom again; however, the plant foliage is still attractive.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful about small children being tempted to pick ornamental peppers. Because they are so colorful, they may attract the attention of children; however, these peppers may be quite spicy.

Things You'll Need

  • Ornamental pepper plant
  • Water-soluble fertilizer (15-15-15)
  • Plastic gloves

References

  • Growing Chile Pepper Plants Indoors
  • How to Grow Ornamental Peppers as a Houseplant
Keywords: decorative pepper plant, ornamental pepper plant, ornamental peppers

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributer to Natural News. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and computer user. She is interested in natural health and hopes to direct her focus toward earning an RN degree.