The Q&A Archives: Growing Habanero Peppers Indoors

Question: Is it possible to plant habanero plants in containers and grow them in the house year-round? Karen Culver Lincolnwood, IL

Answer: You can try to grow habaneros inside, but they require very intense, summer-like light conditions in order to bloom and set fruit. A south-facing window that gets about 8 hours of direct sun is necessary for success, and that's hard to get in midwinter. Sodium or halide lights will provide this kind of intense light, but they are very expensive. (This is when you start dreaming about greenhouses). Shepherd's Garden Seeds (ph# 860-482-3638) offers a compact chile pepper foruse as a container plant. It's called Super Chile, is ornamental and edible (it's rated between a jalapeno and tabasco pepper on the heat scale). This one may be better to experiment with if you want to try growing chiles over the winter.

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