Updated: Jan 13, 2022
If you've been wanting to grow bell peppers in pots but didn't know where to start, this post is for you! Growing bell peppers in pots can be done on a balcony or patio (or even indoors), and it's easier than ever with the correct information.
I've always loved cooking with bell peppers. They add a lot of crunch and flavor to any dish, so I'm excited that you are thinking about growing them yourself!
Choosing The Pot
First, pick out a pot. A three-gallon pot will be big enough for a pepper plant. It's important to know what type of container you can use for a bell pepper pot. You'll need something with drainage holes in the bottom that will accommodate the height of your plants. If your pots don't have any holes, be sure to poke some! The best containers are those made out of plastic or clay. Terracotta pots are another option, but they tend to dry out too quickly, so you'll need water more often.
Starting Pepper Seeds
Using soil blocks is an excellent way to start your seeds. Make your soil blocks, add them to a clear plastic container, and place them in a sunny location or under grow lights. Using a plastic container with a lid will create condensation so your seeds will stay moist and they will not need to water continually. Doing this will ensure that your seedlings will not be leggy when they germinate because they will have light soon after germination. When seedlings don't get the sunlight or grow light, they will grow tall and skinny. These will not be healthy or strong seedlings.
Using a heat mat will also help your seedlings to germinate. Pepper seeds germinate best in temperatures from 75 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Preparing The Soil Mix
I prefer to make a soil mix myself, but you may also choose a good potting soil. I like Happy Frog Potting Soil. It's essential to make sure you use a potting mix if you buy soil. Buying potting soil will get expensive. Well-draining soil is vital for growing in pots. Peppers are heavy feeders and need well-draining loamy soil rich in organic matter.
A good soil mixture is one part compost, one part coco coir, and one part perlite. I add six tablespoons of greensand, six tablespoons of bone meal, six tablespoons of blood meal, and three tablespoons of azomite to the mix. This is what I use for a three-gallon container.
You will need full sun for peppers which means at least six hours of sun.
Water at least twice a week. If you start having problems with leaf curl or blossom end rot, try watering more often.
Bell Pepper Nutrition
Fresh, raw bell peppers are composed of water (92%). The rest is protein, fat and carbs. They're also loaded with vitamin C that your body needs to perform certain functions like building cartilage or fighting inflammation.
The main nutrients are 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw, red bell peppers are: Calories are 31 Water: 92% Protein 1 gram Carbs 6 grams Sugar 4.2 grams Fiber 2 g Fat 0g Carbohydrates. Bell Peppers Are chiefly Composed Of Carbs Which Account For Most Of Their Nutritional Content.
Bell peppers are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals! One medium-sized red bell pepper contains 169% of the recommended daily intake for Vitamin C, and also has a moderate amount of vitamin B6. Vitamins A & E: Reduces Risk Of Cancer And Heart Disease; Protects Skin From Sun Damage Sulfur : Helps Promote Clear Complexion. And we also have vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant that is an essential part of a healthy lipid and cellular membrane structure in the body. This multi-purpose vitamin has various roles including boosting immunity to keep you healthier for longer!
Eating a healthy meal plan is the best way to get all of your vitamins and minerals. What would a garden be without the radiant, beautiful red bell pepper? Well this tasty vegetable is not only great for your eyesight but also rich in pro-vitamin A (beta carotene). which your body changes into vitamin A in order to keep you looking good! In fact, it's so good at producing vitamin A that you don't even need to eat an entire one unless making some kind of recipe where peppers are used. Peppers are an excellent way to enhance your nutrition.
Can I Grow Peppers inside?
Growing peppers inside can be quite easy with this guide I have given you above. The problem inside could be the amount of light the plant receives daily, so following the guide above will help you on your way to having your own delicious homegrown peppers.