Growing Chili Peppers in Pots is a great way to expand your pepper garden! Potted pepper plants can be started earlier in the season, and you can bring them in if a late or early frost is forecasted so that you can have a longer harvest season. Some people even bring in their pepper plants and grow them year-round by keeping them under lights in the winter months indoors. Or, if they're even luckier and live in warmer frost-free regions, they don't have to bring in their pepper plants at all.
Easter Peppers, above, or Goat Horn Peppers, below make beautiful specimum plants in your garden. They're edible and beautiful!
Best Peppers to Grow in Containers
We have picked out our favorite peppers to grow in containers below:
Like your peppers HOT?
We also have our favorite hot peppers for containers here:
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Top 3 Tips on
How to care for Chilli Plants in Pots:
#1 Potted Pepper Tip:
Don't OVERWATER! Make sure the container or pot is draining well, and that the soil is never soggy. Soggy soil will drown your pepper plants, they'll turn yellow and stop growing or even die if in wet soil for too long. Let the soil dry out slightly between waterings so that they can breath.
#2 Put them in full Sun:
Unless they're a shade tolerant pepper like the Rocoto, most peppers prefer full sun. We recommend 6-8 hours of sunlight for the best harvests.
#3 Don't use Small Pots for Peppers:
If the container or pot is too small or shallow, there is not enough room for peppers and it will also dry out too quickly and the peppers won't be able to grow as large. If you're growing a bonsai pepper tree, a small container is fine, but if you're growing outdoors for harvesting, we recommend a pot that is at least 5 gallons or larger. Use well-draining good POTTING soil (not topsoil) so that you don't drown your peppers.
Of course, picking good pepper varieties to grow in your containers is the first step to success. Pictured above our our gorgeous and spicy Twilight Peppers, which are both ornamental and edible - perfect for making hot sauce or salsas! If you like ornamental edible gardens, check out all of our ornamental pepper seeds. There are a ton of different peppers that do well in pots, check out our Peppers of the World that you can start from seed and grow as potted pepper plants:
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