Growing Peppers Indoors – Guidelines & Tips
Growing peppers indoors can provide a wide variety of delicious peppers all year-long. Growing peppers indoors is not difficult and you can even get creative with your indoor pepper growing ideas. Here are some guidelines and tips to start growing your own peppers indoors.
First, Choose the Right Pepper Variety
It is important to choose the right pepper variety when growing indoors. Select peppers that are appropriate for your small-space garden. Aim for bushy, more compact varieties that are suitable for growing indoors such as “Jalapeño M” or “Serrano”.
Prepare Your Place
The location is the key to success when you are attempting to grow peppers indoors. Choose a location that is south-facing and receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Select a container that is well-drained and large enough to accommodate the pepper variety you have selected. It’s also important to make sure that the container has plenty of holes in the bottom for drainage.
Time to Plant
Fill the planter with high-quality potting soil and create wells for the pepper seeds. Plant the seeds about ¼” deep and water them. Maintain a temperature of 70°F–80°F to support optimal growth. Keep the soil moist but not overwatered, and thin out the seedlings after they reach 4–5” in height.
Fertilize your indoor pepper plants with a slow-release fertilizer applied during the growing season. Avoid core fertilizers, which can burn and damage the plants.
Caring for Your Peppers
Once the pepper plants are established, you should provide enough heat, light, and watering to maintain the growth. Make sure that the soil is consistently damp but not overly wet. Water your plants with room-temperature water to avoid shocking them. If the leaves start to yellow, move the plants to a brighter spot.
Harvest peppers when they fully mature. Peppers will begin to change colors from green to their ripe color (usually red or yellow).
Growing peppers indoors can be a rewarding and fun experience. With the right location, fertilizer, and care, you can have a successful pepper harvest indoors. Just follow these guidelines and tips and you’ll be enjoying your homegrown peppers in no time!