4.7 out of 5 (52 experiences)
About Bell Pepper
Parent to many of our favorite peppers, Capsicum annuum is a garden staple. Varieties include bell peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, and even the ghost pepper 👻🌶 Their spice comes from the compound, capsaicin, meant to deter animals from munching on their fruits. That doesn't stop humans from using them in dishes around the world, and for healing in traditional medicine in Africa. 🥗
Also known as
Sweet Pepper, Serrano Pepper, Chili Pepper, Anaheim Pepper, Ghost Pepper, Red Chili Pepper, Bolivian Rainbow, Poblano Pepper, Medusa Pepper, Pequin, Gypsy Pepper, Thai Dragon Pepper, Sweet Banana Hybrid Pepper, Red Hot Chili Pepper, Black Cobra Pepper, Hot banana pepper and Chinese 5 Pepper
How to care for Bell Pepper
Bell Pepper needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Bell Pepper love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Bell Pepper does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bell Pepper in your home 🏡.
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bell Pepper after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
Did you know you can just GROW food?!?! YOURSELF!?!? For FREE?!?!
Why don’t people know about this?!?
Now I don’t have to go to the store to buy peppers like a NERD!! (I only have to go to buy plant food… and soil… and sometimes a little irrigation system for when it’s supper hot in the summer… and I have to bring them in before the cold snap…)
11/10 Totally worth it!!!
It seems the more attention I give John, the worse he gets. Once he has a regular watering routine he settles down nicely, and I would say he much prefers having drainage than not! If he dries out, he seems to attract little fly things which buzz around the dried out soil.
When John IS happy, he is a lovely looking plant with satisfying leaves. I keep mine inside during the winter, but he really thrives the most when summer comes around and I let him stay outside.
My top advice for this plant would be: work out its ideal watering schedule (John is watered every 5 days); and whenever possible, sit it outdoors in the sunshine - if it is warm!