The Q&A Archives: Pepper Plant

Question: I have a small pepper plant with some purple and red peppers on it. I think I overwatered it, and I am trying to let it dry out, but I don't know how dry to let it get, and I also am afraid in the Portland grey weather that it is not getting enough sun.

Answer: Peppers are plants that need a long, warm summer season to produce fruit. Your plant has set whatever fruit it will develop this season, and you should expect to harvest your peppers before frost kills the plant. If the plant is in a container, you can safely wait until the top half-inch of soil is dry before watering it again. If it's planted out in the garden, you can dig into the soil about an inch to see if it's dry. If so, water deeply and thoroughly. If not, wait a few days and check again. Peppers are generally treated as annual plants; sown in the spring and discarded after frost kills the foliage.

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