Growing peppers is a lot of fun, and it opens up a world of culinary possibilities. We focus on growing peppers in containers so that you can still grow chillies no matter the space you have (or don’t have).
When you grow your own plants, you join other gardeners who want access chile varieties that aren’t readily available. In my neck of the woods, for example, I’m lucky to get habaneros.
And, even if you do have better access, these peppers can lack quality and heat (in my experience) when they’re not as fresh as they can be.
Peppers are somewhat tricky to grow. Please don’t make the same mistake I did and think you have a black thumb if it doesn’t work the first time.
This page contains all of our best content for learning to grow chillies as a beginner. The topics cover all the steps, from starting seeds indoors to growing pepper plants in containers.
Most Popular Pepper Posts
Here are the most-visited articles in the pepper seeds, growing peppers and chile varieties categories.
There's a lot that goes into the when, what and how to should fertilize pepper plants. Plus, they have specific needs during different growth stages. Here's an example feeding schedule to get your started.
As a container gardener, you may wonder if you can reuse potting soil. It's expensive to keep buying new bags of soil. Here's what you need to know to prepare and revitalize your existing mix so it supports new plants.
Cloning your plants is a way to produce more plants without starting from seeds. Here's a video that shows you this process from beginning to end.
Starting Peppers From Seeds
These are the essential topics for starting your pepper seeds. Articles include being able to tell if your pepper seeds will sprout, getting tough pepper seeds to germinate, knowing when to plant your seeds indoors and how to save seeds.
Seed types determine what to expect when you grow out your seeds and whether you can save seeds from these plants. Here's how to understand the differences between seeds so you're better informed when buying.
Unethical "sellers" trick people by making them think they're buying a particular chile variety when it's really something else. This usually happens when the latest "hottest pepper in the world" comes out. Here's how to buy your seeds without getting swindled.
A seed viability test tells you whether your seeds can sprout and grow (under favorable conditions). And, pepper seeds can take a long time to germinate. Here's how to do this test so you save time (and aggravation).