The Q&A Archives: Container-Grown Peppers

Question: How do I care for a hot pepper plant growing in a container? It has 10-12 tiny yellow and red peppers on it. What do I feed it, does it like sun, how much water, etc.?<br><br>

Answer: It is important that the pepper plant receive adequate water during flowering/fruit production. Do not overwater, but don't allow the soil to dry out completely either. Try sticking a pencil approximately 2-3 inches into the soil; if soil sticks to the pencil it doesn't need watering, if it comes out dry, it could use a drink. (Sort of like testing a cake you're baking). Your pepper will be happiest in a sunny location with the room temperature on the warm side (approx. 65-70 degrees would be great). Fertilize cautiously; pepper plants require light fertilization. An all purpose fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro would be fine. Be sure to follow package instructions. <br><br>Keep an eye out for insect pests, especially white flies and aphids; spray with insecticidal soap at the first sign of infestation.

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