Growing Peppers Indoors
Indoor peppers have many advantages over outdoor peppers, the main advantage are getting a head start before it is ok to put your peppers outside and getting your peppers away from the frost. Peppers like a much warmer climate and keeping them indoors helps the pepper plant survive and produce better, healthier peppers.
If you are planning on starting your peppers from seed please follow the Growing Peppers from Seed page. Growing or caring for peppers from a small or larger pepper plant is not hard once you have read these guidelines. Maybe you’re bringing your pepper plant in from the harsh cold outside or just starting off with a smaller one. All sizes are treated roughly the same once the peppers have begun to grow.
Indoor pepper plants often do not produce peppers indoors unless you have warm weather outside, good sunlight coming in, or you’re using a lamp or special light bulb to help your plant simulate its natural surroundings.
Indoor plant lights can be very expensive but if you’re serious about getting good fruit on your plant then it is a necessity. 400 to 600 watt high pressure sodium lamps are recommended for growing peppers and similar plants and can be picked up for around the $80 or £40 mark. These need to be turned on for 15 to 16 hours a day, it may be best to use this light over night if it’s looking frosty and your pepper plant is in a cold area like the garage to keep it warm and out of harm.
Windows facing the south or west are best for pepper plants due to more light coming in throughout the day and it’s advised to keep the peppers out of warm or cold drafts. If these things are affecting your plant you will notice it having thinner stems and leaning towards the light more.
For other information on soil types, fertilisers, watering and other subjects go to the Growing Peppers from Seed or How to Grow Peppers sections.