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How to Grow Tasty Bell Peppers Indoors

Grow Bell Peppers

You might not think it’s true but it’s 100% possible to grow your very own bell peppers indoors. In some cases, you might be able to even grow bell peppers from the seeds that come out of supermarket bell peppers. Here are our top tips for thoes who are interested in growing this vegetable at home.

First, a Bit of a Reality Check

There is one caveat that you should be aware of before you start planting those bell pepper seeds. It’s a bit unlikely that the bell peppers you grow inside will become as large as the bell peppers you come across in supermarkets. There are a number of reasons for this such as indoor bell pepper plants not getting as much as natural sunlight as their outdoor counterpart. If you are okay with this then move on!

Watch the Watering

For any plant, it’s extremely important to watch how much water you are providing them, especially when they are contained inside a small to medium-sized pot or planter. Generally speaking, bell pepper plants require deep watering (totaling about one to two inches of water per week). People who live in warmer homes may need to water a bit more frequently. Dry growing conditions may cause bell peppers to taste more bitter. At the same time, too much watering can also cause permanent damage to the plant (e.g. encouraging diseases like root rot).

Sun, Sun, and More Sun

It’s important for the bell pepper plant to receive plenty of sunlight if you want to end up with something tasty and edible. Find the sunniest spot at home (south-facing windows work pretty well) and plan to grow your plant where it will receive plenty of light. Those who don’t get enough sunlight at home should invest in a grow light setup. This will help mimic the intensity of sunlight needed for the bell pepper plant to grow taller and stronger.

Pay Attention to the Fertilizer

Nitrogen, for example, is an important component for plant growth. It’s one of the things that the plant leaves rely on to create chlorophyll for sunlight absorption. Make sure to add an abundant supply of fertilizer at the time the bell pepper plant gets planted to the soil.