If your pepper plants don’t set fruit, try transplanting them to a pot and moving them indoors to use as lush, decorative houseplants.
Late last summer, I planted some scrawny ‘White Cloud’ bell pepper seedlings in my garden, certain they wouldn’t make it. To my surprise, after struggling for four weeks, they suddenly took hold and began to shoot up. The leaves were lush and vigorous, and the plants were flowering. It soon became obvious, however, that they wouldn’t set fruit before the first frost.
Saddened by the upcoming loss of these lovely plants, and inspired by my previous success growing ‘Numex Twilight’ ornamental peppers indoors, I decided to bring the peppers inside for winter. Voilà! I had instant houseplants. Unlike the ‘Numex Twilight’ peppers, this variety forms buds, which eventually fall off. They plainly won’t set fruit indoors. Still, they’re attractive and I enjoy having them inside my home.
A word of advice for those who wish to try growing pepper plants indoors: The foliage loses a little toughness when moved into the house, which makes it susceptible to aphids. Rubbing the leaves once or twice a week will remove the aphids.
Lauren Hall Ruddell
Rush Valley, Utah