The Q&A Archives: Pepper Plant Height

Question: I've started many plants from seed this year. My pepper plants are currently about 1 1/2" - 2" tall.
This seems small to me for mid April. Should the plants be larger at this point?

Answer: Peppers are generally started very early -- at least 8 weeks before the last frost date -- because they do grow so slowly. The best way to make them grow faster is to supply optimum light (many gardeners use fluorescent lights kept close to the plants, within a few inches of the tops) and provide adequate fertility as well as increase the pot size as needed to accommodate their growth. It is better to set out healthy stocky transplants then overgrown, stressed ones. Once they are set outside in good rich soil and full sun they will grow quickly. Be sure to wait until the soil is warm (and of course there is no danger of frost) before you set them out.

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