How to Grow Peppers In Pots: 9 Tips for Success

Finding your favorite pepper often means bypassing the produce bins and growing your own. Luckily, even if you don’t have a yard or space in the garden, it is still easy to grow peppers.

1. Pick a Hot Location

Like all nightshades, peppers love the heat. They thrive in daytime temps between 70 and 80 degrees. At night, they don’t like to get much cooler. 

2. Find the Right Pot

If you plan to plant more than one pepper in each pot–something that is possible with non-bushy varieties of bell peppers and others–pick a pot with at least a foot in diameter.

3. Pick Good Potting Soil

The soil inside pots is subject to a much different environment than the soil in a garden bed. There are no earthworms or other bugs available to aerate it.

4. Sow Early or Buy Seedlings

Most pepper varieties take some time to mature, and all prefer to produce during the hottest months of the year.

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5. Fertilize Twice a Month and Water Daily

It is best to water in the morning before it is hot enough for rapid evaporation to occur.

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