The best way to live an organic life is growing your own vegetables. No chemicals, no additives, just flavor and healthy vegetables for tasty dishes. Since gardening is my second favorite hobby, after writing, I have to brag about my beautiful green corner on the balcony and my tiny greenhouse.
I have smuggled around my beautiful houseplants some tiny pots with several fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes, tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. I must admit that these vegetables are easy to care for, especially bell peppers. I am pretty proud of my gardening skills and the way bell peppers developed in small containers.
Actually, growing bell peppers in pots is a great idea if you’re short of space or live in a cold temperate climate as it requires warm soil to thrive. However, the amount of work needed to grow them indoors is not much more than the amount of work needed to grow them outdoors. So, start growing your own bell peppers.
How To Grow Bell Peppers In Containers
- The first thing you need is choosing a pot that is at least 10-12 inches deep and wide and has sufficient drainage holes. You can grow up to 2-3 plants (smaller varieties) in such a pot.
- Mix peat moss, vermiculite and coarse sand in equal parts to create a potting mix for your peppers. Make two gallons of soil for each container you plan to use. Add 2 tablespoons of slow release fertilizer with a nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium ratio of 10-10-10 into your potting mix.
- Buy good quality seeds from a local garden store. Start seeds 6-10 weeks before last spring frost date. The seeds will germinate in 1 to 3 weeks depending on the weather conditions and seed quality. After they germinate thin out and only keep one plant per pot. When seedlings have 2 true leaves they are ready to be transplanted into the desired containers.
- Keep in mind that peppers love the sun. The most productive pepper plants are grown in warmth and heat. When you’re growing bell peppers in pots, keep them in a position that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. That place should be sheltered from strong wind.
- Or you have to maintain the temperature in the room your pepper plant is kept at a constant temperature between 65 and 75 degrees. Water the soil in your plant pot often enough to prevent the soil from drying out. Once your pepper plants begin to develop flowers, fertilize them weekly using a water soluble fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10.
- Monitor your plants for the formation of peppers. Allow your peppers to ripen on the plant until they develop a bright red coloration over the entire surface of the fruit. Use a sharp knife to sever the stems of your peppers just above where they attach to the fruit to prevent damage to your plants.