what size containers for pepper plants

michelelcMay 25, 2010


I have decided to grow my peppers in containers this year. They did very poorly last year in the garden. I am unsure of the size container I should use. I am growing italian bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and poblano peppers. I was thinking 12" pots for the bell peppers and poblanos, and maybe something a little smaller for the jalepenos? Also, can I put more than one jalepeno plant in the same pot? Any advice is appreciated.



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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

I have grown in as small as three gallons with good results .One plant per pot . Peppers cross breed easily ,so if you plan to save seed keep species separated .

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 5:04AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I don't have Bell peppers, but my in-ground, 4 year old jalapeno is 4.5 feet high. They will grow big, so if you want them to stay small, then I say small pots, and I agree. One per pot.

I have a couple (grown from seed) Greek peperoncini plants, and after one year they are still about 6" tall in the ground. They do bear peppers!! Lots of peppers!


    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 9:49AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I agree with the others: one plant per pot.

My friends generally grow in 2 - 3 gallon containers. This size is especially good
for the smaller, more ornamental peppers - like Thai chilis, for example. My brother
grew a Thai chili in a 5-gallon container last year, and it out-performed the peppers
in the smaller containers.

I grew a Japanese Red Pepper in a .71 gallon container last year -
it was given to me in August (by a friend who discovered the joy of peppers late in the season),
and I harvested some very bland pods at Christmas-time. It worked, but not well...
and the crop consisted of 17 pods, only half of which were edible.


    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 10:14AM
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