Tips for Growing Potted Bell Peppers

These great tips for growing potted bell peppers will improve cropping, includes fast-growing pepper varieties, planting and growing methods.

| February/March 2003

These tips for growing potted bell peppers will provide you with a bountiful crop.

These tips for growing potted bell peppers will provide you with a bountiful crop.


Learn about these helpful tips for growing potted bell peppers to produce good cropping.

Tips for Growing Potted Bell Peppers

'Blushing Beauty,' an All America Selection winner in 2000, produces very high yields, even in containers. I planted five of them in the porous, organic soil in my garden and set five in containers filled with potting mix. Both the garden and potted peppers were fed with gradual-release, fish-meal pellets, incorporated into the growing media when the peppers were planted. I caged all plants, and it's a good thing I did. The container peppers grew so big and set so many fruit that the stems would have snapped without support. By season's end, the garden peppers averaged 12 fruit per plant. Their potted cousins averaged 17. One plant produced 24 large, fully ripe red bells. Two additional seasons with similar results have convinced me that 'Blushing Beauty' is an excellent choice for containers.

A multicolored pepper that can be harvested at several stages for the table or market, 'Blushing Beauty' starts out a greenish-ivory color, turns yellow, changes to a pinky blush, then to apricot, deepens to vivid red-orange and finally blooms to scarlet after 90 days.

crystal j ortmann
1/8/2011 12:24:03 PM

This year I grew a Jupiter sweet pepper *from Brentwood Park Estacada a pot on my large covered porch. It still had a few green peppers on it when it got cold out so I brought the pot in and it continued ripening. The last pepper is bright red right now and the foliage looks like it is dying. My question is: will it grow again in the Spring? If so, I will keep it inside, but it takes up a lot of room and is quite unsightly with the dead leaves, so if it isn't going to grow again, I would like to toss it out. Can you help me? The peppers were wonderful. Thank you for your help.

8/10/2009 10:46:46 AM

My red peppers are turning red on top but by the time they are red all over they have started rotting on bottom. What can I do to save my peppers?

diana castillo
2/5/2009 7:58:58 AM

Hi, My husband and I subscribe to your magazine so there could be more help on peppers there, but my question is, we bought some beautiful large red peppers at a local store and I decided to keep some of the seeds and try to raise them myself. Will this work or do I need to do something special to the seeds? Thanks for your help. Diana

9/1/2008 5:50:54 PM

All of my sweet red peppers are still very green, it is Sept 1st and the peppers are getting quite large. I think they smell like green peppers. Is it just my imaginagion? Am I getting too anxious for them to turn red and sweet?Connie,Michigan

t smid
7/25/2007 9:50:11 PM

My red bell peepers never seem to turn red they always stay green. Is there a way for me to have them turn red? TSmid Chicago Il Mother Responds: It takes a long time, some varieties change color faster - Ace is a good choice. All peppers eventually change color.

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