If you’re a fanatic for peppers, you likely want a great home-ground supply year-round. Starting your growing season in the winter by growing peppers indoors is a great way to jump-start your access to great ingredients!
Where to Place Your Peppers
Before you plant, it is important to find an area of your home that gets a lot of sunlight and which isn’t too cold. The living room is a good choice, as are kitchen windows. Sunlight and warmth are very important to peppers, so if you do plan on growing them in a cooler area, use a space heater to keep it at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fertilizing and Watering
Peppers typically need fertilizer high in phosphorous, but nitrogen-based fertilizers are more appropriate during winter growing. The reasons for this is simple: phosphorous will simply help them “survive” while nitrogen will help them grow. However, when you plant them outside in the spring, make sure to switch back to phosphorous.
Watering is simple: make sure to add a cup or two whenever the soil gets dry. The soil should be damp, but not soaking wet. You are over-watering if you see pools gathering on the surface. This is a mistake that must be avoided.
Place your pepper seeds in medium-to-large pots on top of a layer of soil that is halfway to the top. Cover the seeds with soil and place them in the sun. You should try to grow just one pepper plant per pot, as more than one will cause the roots to fight for space and can lead to dead plants.
That should just about do it! Just make sure to regularly check the temperature of the room with your peppers to ensure it doesn’t get too cold, and to water them when needed. Pick them when ready and re-plant outdoors in the spring.