Peppers are so fun to grow and with so many seed varieties available, the options are limitless – especially when you grow them vertically. Growing a tower of vegetables may seem challenging, but really it doesn’t take much time or even gardening skill for a great harvest. In this post, we detail how we’ve grown peppers in a GreenStalk Vertical Planter year after year. It’s easy!
Start with great soil
This is so important, and something we touch on in nearly every blog post. It’s important to give your plants a great start so you won’t have to work so hard later. Your local garden center will have great recommendations for potting mixes that work well in your area, but you could also make your own. We recommend using a lightweight, fluffy, nutrient rich potting mix with your GreenStalk Vertical Planter. It’s important to never use garden soil, top soil or even raised bed soil. We love Pro-Mix and the Fox Farm mixes for our own garden.
Peppers love warm weather
Plant your peppers either from seed or starter plants after the threat of frost has passed and the weather in your area has warmed. They make an excellent late spring/early summer crop. If your area has a short growing season of just a few months, we recommend using starter plants to make sure that you get that pepper harvest before your first frost later in the year or you could choose a seed variety that is ready for harvest sooner.
Plant peppers at the bottom
If you are growing different vegetables in the same GreenStalk, we always recommend planting your largest plants towards the bottom and smaller ones above so that the large plants don’t block the sun from the shorter ones. If you are planting a tower full of peppers, then you can plant them anywhere! Just be sure to only plant one pepper per pocket. If you accidentally plant more than one, be sure to thin them out once they germinate or transplant the extras out. They really grow best with 1 plant per pocket (6 per tier).
Peppers love water
Check your peppers daily or every other day in the warmest part of the summer to see if they need to be watered. Your peppers will not thrive with too much or too little moisture. We typically water them every other day to let them dry out a bit between waterings. After all, not many vegetable plants can tolerate saturated roots 24/7. With the GreenStalk Vertical Planter, just fill the top water reservoir whenever your plants need water and the GreenStalk’s patented watering system will deliver fresh water to each tier at the same time.
Give your pepper plants some support
Pepper plants have pretty woody stems, so they don’t flop over very easily, but they usually will need a little support once those stems are loaded with peppers. We love using our GreenStalk Plant Supports for growing large fruit producing vegetables. They make it easy to grow vertical. But of course, there’s SO MANY options for providing plant support in a GreenStalk Vertical Planter. Because you’re growing these plants vertically, you can stake several plants all at once.
Provide some extra nutrients
We typically start fertilizing our plants at around 2 months of growth (longer if growing from seed). At that point, we incorporate a liquid blooming/fruiting fertilizer in with the water about once a week or every other week. A couple of our favorite fertilizers are the Big Bloom from Fox Farm or the Tomato and Veg from Neptune’s Harvest. We just use the recommended dose of fertilizer.
Enjoy the harvest
Like most vegetables, you can harvest them in your own time. If you prefer green peppers and don’t want to wait until they turn red, then harvest sooner. If you’d like the peppers to turn their final colors, then wait. Peppers are delicious at any stage, so the choice is all yours! And because you’re growing up to 30 pepper plants in your GreenStalk, you’ll have plenty of peppers to harvest all season long.
Have fun with it!
There’s so many varieties of peppers out there. They vary by color, size, taste, plant size and heat level. We enjoy experimenting to find a new pepper we’ve never grown or tried before. We love growing jalapenos, bell peppers, hot peppers and sweet peppers every season. Once you start growing peppers it’s hard to stop!
Did you know?
Hot peppers won’t make other peppers around it hot. So don’t worry about planting a bell pepper next to a jalapeno. They will each keep their individual flavors!