Chili Pepper Madness

February 08, 2014

Growing Chili Peppers Indoors

Growing Chili Peppers Indoors Growing Chili Peppers Indoors

You can grow your chili pepper plants inside, and many people have been successful doing this for years. Not every type of chili pepper plant will be as successful as others, but you do have options. Smaller chili pepper plants, like ornamentals, will grow more effectively indoors as they do not require as much room as a larger chili plant.

Temperature is a consideration. Many chili pepper plants prefer the warmer climes, but some species grow best in more moderate temperatures. Capsicum annuums grow best with plenty of sun and moderate humidity, while Capsicum chinense grow best in moderate temperatures and higher humidity. Most prefer cooler temperatures in the evening, however.

Light is always a factor. Place your plants near brightly lit windows that receive many hours of sunlight. Little sunlight results in narrow stems.

Be sure to water properly when growing chili peppers indoors. Water when the soil is slightly dry, but do not overwater as you may rot the roots, therefore killing the chili pepper plants. Water until the soil is slightly moist.

Feeding your chili pepper plants can help, especially when growing them indoors. Miracle Gro or a similiar plant food or fertilizer is recommended for feeding the plants. To break it down, these fertilizers contain three important elements that feed the plants - Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Pottassium, or N-P-K. Use as recommended on the package. Usually you only need to fertilize every 2 weeks.

Note that air quality is important. You don't want to pollute the air with smoke or other irritants, as that can affect the growth of your chili pepper plants.

Lastly, keep an eye on your chili pepper plants. Some produce more quickly than others, but many take a while.

Learn more about growing and harvesting chili peppers through the links below, including: 

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  • Comment Link claudine primrose August 10, 2017 posted by claudine primrose

    iam growing a chili pepper plant bought in a supermarket a long time ago. please tell me .which soil to replant it in as i feel it is the wrong soil .

    REPLY: Claudine, it is best to use a good organic, nutrient rich soil for growing potted pepper plants indoors. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Jessica October 16, 2016 posted by Jessica

    Really, great article. Thanks a lot Mike and Patty. I'm so happy that I found your post, as a garden lover I found your post pretty impressive.

  • Comment Link Saiful June 06, 2016 posted by Saiful

    Hi Lisa....yours flower but fall off and did not bear fruit because the flowers were not pollinated. Try using the end of your little finger to collect the pollen from some flowers and dab the pollens on the stigma ( end of whitish projections in the middle of the flowers) and that should do the trick. You can also use a fine tip painter brush for this but I prefer to use the tip of my finger as I could see the pollen and target them to stigmas better.

  • Comment Link lisa April 10, 2016 posted by lisa

    My indoor pepper plant bear abundant flowers but no fruit, I got 3 so far out of hundreds flowers. What's wrong and what should I do about it? I live in a cold climate - the prairie of western Canada - if this info is important for you to diagnose the plant's problem.

    Many thanks!

    REPLY: Lisa, here is a link to some information you can review to see if it helps. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness

  • Comment Link Gary March 21, 2016 posted by Gary

    Can I grow pablano chilis from store bought chilis

    REPLY: Gary, yes, you should be able to, though it might depend on where you got them from. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Mike from Madness March 27, 2015 posted by Mike from Madness

    Leigh, everything I see indicated cherry peppers, though the sizes can vary depending on growing conditions. I will email with some information.

  • Comment Link leigh March 26, 2015 posted by leigh

    I am so glad I found your site! I love anything spicy. I'm hoping you can help me. For years I have wanted to start seed indoors then plant outside. I would like to plant the spicy pepper the Italians stuff with prosciutto and cheese or that pastene makes. It just says hot cherry peppers. And the ones I find online are very little. I have never been able to figure out what they are called and where I can buy the seeds. Can you help me with this?

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