Growing Peppers Indoors – Guidelines & Tips
Growing peppers indoors is an excellent way to extend the growing season and enjoy a fresh supply of flavorful and healthy peppers throughout the year. Peppers are easy to grow in pots or containers indoors, given they have the right conditions. Read on to discover our guidelines and tips for growing peppers indoors.
Setting Up Conditions for Growing Peppers Indoors
Before you begin, it’s important to consider the amount of space and sunlight available in the area you plan to grow your peppers. An area with a south-facing window that receives direct sunlight of at least four hours a day is ideal. If you have limited access to sunlight, setting up LED lights for indoor gardening will work as well.
Choosing the right containers for growing peppers indoors is equally important. A large enough container (at least 8 inches deep and wide) that is adequately drained will be necessary for your peppers to thrive. Fill the pot with a mixture of good quality potting soil, compost, and perlite.
Planting & Caring for Indoor Peppers
Before planting your peppers, check the instructions on the seed packet or the label of the plant you have selected regarding how far apart the plants should be grown. Generally, peppers should be planted around 12 to 18 inches apart. Plant your peppers at least 1/2 an inch deep in the soil, and cover with a thin layer of soil.
After planting your pepper plants, it’s important to keep the soil moist. While peppers prefer moist soil, it’s important to avoid overwatering the plants. Monitor the condition of the soil regularly, and water only when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch.
Peppers are a hungry crop, and they will need to be fertilized on a regular basis. Feed the plants with a liquid fertilizer twice a month, once the plants have developed several sets of leaves.
Harvesting Peppers Indoors
Peppers take 50 to 70 days to reach maturity and be ready for harvesting. Once mature, peppers should be harvested as soon as possible to ensure the best flavor. Cut your peppers from the stem with a pair of sharp gardening scissors.
Now that you know how to set up and maintain the conditions for growing peppers indoors, you can look forward to enjoying the fruits of your labor all year round. Following these guidelines and tips, your indoor gardening experience with peppers should be a success!