Growing Peppers Indoors – Guidelines & Tips
Growing peppers indoors can be a rewarding and fun experience. While it might be easier to grow peppers outdoor, growing them indoors allows you to control the conditions under which they grow, making them much hardier fruits. Here are some guidelines and tips to help you get successful harvests of peppers from your indoor garden.
Choosing a Location
The first thing to consider when growing peppers indoors is where to place your plants. Place them in an area where they will receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight each day, preferably in a south-facing window. To supplement the natural light, consider adding LED, fluorescent, or grow light fixtures. Keep in mind that the temperature should fall between 60-80°F during the day, and ideally no lower than 60°F at night.
Soil & Planting
When it comes to soil, peppers prefer rich, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0. If the soil you have isn’t ideal, you can always supplement it with an organic fertilizer or soil amendment. Plant peppers at least 18” apart and keep them properly mulched to keep in moisture and prevent weeds.
Water & Fertilizer
Make sure to water your peppers regularly, as they require 1-2″ of water each week. Add a water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks to give your plants an extra nutritional boost. If possible, try to use rainwater instead of tap water as it’s less likely to contain harsh chemicals.
Pest & Disease Control
To keep pests and diseases to a minimum, try to maintain moisture levels and keep the soil as clean as possible. Also, check your plants each day for signs of any pests or disease and take immediate action. To prevent infestations, you can also spray your plants with an organic insecticide or fungicide.
Harvest & Storage
Your peppers are ready for harvesting when they have reached the desired size and color. Carefully pick the peppers by the stem and store them in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for a few weeks and can also be canned, frozen, or dried for longer-term storage.
With these guidelines and tips, your indoor peppers will be a success. All it takes is a bit of patience and care, and you’ll soon be harvesting delicious peppers for your meals!