How to Grow Peppers Indoors

How to Grow Peppers Indoors

Enjoy homegrown peppers year round. This post shows you how!

Capsicum, more commonly known as bell peppers, chili peppers, and other similar fruits are part of the nightshade family Solanaceae, which is the same family as eggplants, tomatoes, and tobacco. Like their relatives, these peppers also prefer warm temperatures, and are best grown from spring through fall if growing outside. They prefer a moderately rich, well-drained growing medium. When growing peppers each plant needs approximately 4 square feet (0.37 square meters), unless the variety you have is a smaller, dwarf type. If peppers don’t have the right amount of room to grow then you can easily run into growing problems.

As a relative of the tomato, the pepper is susceptible to many of the same diseases. One common problem is tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), which is readily transmitted by anyone who uses tobacco. If you use tobacco, wash your hands thoroughly before handling or working in the vicinity of pepper plants. Angular yellow splotches and lower yields are the major symptoms of this problem. There are some pepper varieties that are “TMV resistant” or TMV tolerant” that may be more safe choices for tobacco users. Other pests and diseases to watch out for are Aphids, Flea Beetles and Blossom End Rot.

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