Plant Care Bell Pepper

Bell Pepper

4.7 out of 5 (52 experiences)

Bell Pepper has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Bell Pepper has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

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. 🥗


Capsicum annuum

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


How often to water your Bell Pepper

Water needs for Bell Pepper
0.5 cups
every 9

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.

Calculate water needs of Bell Pepper

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Bell Pepper in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bell Pepper: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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 🏡.


How to fertilize Bell Pepper

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bell Pepper: repot after 2X growth

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.

Difficulty Level

Bell Pepper is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Bell Pepper

Bell Pepper

Bell Pepper

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bell Pepper has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 24
Bell Pepper has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 19
Bell Pepper has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 13
Bell Pepper has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Bell Pepper has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
Bell Pepper has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Bell Pepper has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Coralie_d avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 267 XP

Needs lots of sunlight and warm weather

Survivor Survivor
Simon avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 69 XP

Requires starting under lights to get a good harvest

Survivor Survivor
Mulchinmaeve avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 514 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario

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!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Sharon avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 55 XP

Pretty and they make really great peopers

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Carsonfinah avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 145 XP
globe Asheville, NC

I’m growing this pepper plant on my porch in my apartment and it’s doing very well! I would recommend more space than an apartment porch

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe London, England

I actually regrew the seeds from a sweet pepper I bought to avoid as much waste, and I’m glad I did! It grew so much within a week, and seems to be quite low maintenance which I love ☺️

Fast grower Fast grower
Keiry avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Miami, FL

Rafael.. Rafael is really nice and he is a really great plants to be honest he grows really fast and he’s produces peppers a lot and they are really spicy. I love this plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Gaykidgray avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 81 XP

I grew this Bell Pepper plant from seeds, I didn’t expect her to grow so fast!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Anna avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe McDonough, GA

This is a Jamaican pepper. Very hot but it has a beautiful scent and is very flavorable.

Survivor Survivor
Athielos21 avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 77 XP

It is decent

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Plantqueen avatar
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 728 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

Make sure you give it’s roots room to grow if container planting. Otherwise your peppers will be stunted and mini. Love love 💜

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Kailey avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Coventry, CT

Grows so fast from even just seeds. Plants with little rewards

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 207 XP
globe New York

The Bell pepper plant grows super fast if given a proper and loving with lots of direct sunlight, soil & watering.

It can grow about 5-6 inches in just 3 weeks if the proper care of given. This plant is easy to maintain and grows on its own!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe University Place, WA

I have struggled with getting a jalapeño to bloom and actually grow fruits for me, I’ve tried a couple different ways and still need some research myself of course. Keeping it alive is not the problem 😂 getting the flowers to grow is, send help 🥲

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe London, Ontario


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leaf-1 9 Plants
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globe Bournemouth, England

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!

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Chahd avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 51 XP

Literally becomes like a child to you

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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