Two bell peppers in a container?

MorkaiMay 14, 2013

I have a somewhat large 16"x 16" container. I was wondering if I could plant two bell pepper transplants in the container, or leave it to just one.

Thanks for the help!

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

It's a close call, but 16"x16" might be large enough for two. How deep is it?

This post was edited by edweather on Tue, May 14, 13 at 19:45

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 7:15PM
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edweather, it's 16" deep as well.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 9:07AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I might try it. I don't think you'll get any less pepper mass with 2, and you might get more. Either you'll get one big plant with tons of peppers, or 2 smaller plants with less peppers. You might have to feed the 2 more than the one though. I have a bit of an overcrowding bias I might add :-)

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 12:37PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

This question is often discussed on the hot pepper forum. Many experienced growers think that peppers need about 5 gallons each in a container. Unlike many other members of the nightshade family, peppers have a reputation for liking to "hold hands," or grow close to one another. I have been growing 3 peppers in 15 to 20 gallon containers for several years with good yields. I would guess your container holds 10-15 gallons, so I think 2 plants will work in your container.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 9:59PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

You can put 4 pepper plants in that container and do well. Let the plants lean out and down. They will fill out very nicely and will need minimal support. Place each plant in the center of its side wall about 3 inches in from the side wall. Last year I use 5 gallon buckets and did extremely well with the most productive plants since I started 20 years ago. A 55 gallon half drum will hold 5 plants. I have 13; 55 gallon drums to prepare but have not decided where to use them

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 10:03PM
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I had 4 of the finest Red Bell pepper plants I ever grew last year.
In one container app.15 across X 16 deep.
Fantastic peppers and plants, until the deer ate the leaves.
I fenced them in, however it must have been to much for them and they did not do well after that.
I did get a few nice peppers tho.
I used epsom salts, and a mix from our local feed & supply

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 11:00PM
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