Growing Peppers Indoors – Guidelines & Tips
Growing peppers indoors can be a great way to enjoy homegrown peppers all year round! Here are some guidelines and tips to help you get started growing peppers indoors.
Plant Choice and Location
Pick pepper plants that are best suited for growing indoors such as: pepperoncini, bell peppers, Cubanelle, and English cucumber. Be sure to choose varieties that are suitable for your climate. Place your pepper plants in an area of your home that gets plenty of direct sunlight and where they can receive at least 6-8 hours of light per day.
Peppers need well-drained, moisture-retentive potting mix to grow. Choose a pot that is at least 18–24 inches in width so that it can accommodate several pepper plants. Make sure the pot has drainage holes at the bottom so that the excess water can easily drain out.
Watering & Fertilizing
Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water the pepper plants regularly and feed them with a water-sololble fertilizer every two weeks. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer label for the correct amount to use. Also, it is important to check the pepper plants for pests such as aphids and whiteflies, and treat them accordingly.
Harvesting & Storing
Harvest peppers when they are firm and fully ripe. Cut them off carefully with pruning shears and store them in a cool, dry place. Peppers can be stored for up to two weeks.
Growing peppers indoors can be fun and rewarding. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy homegrown peppers all year round! Follow the guidelines and tips above to ensure that your pepper plants thrive and produce a healthy harvest.