What Size Container to Plant a Pepper Plant In?


People use peppers in all sorts of cooking. They can be fresh, canned or frozen. Growing peppers is easy. Since pepper plants are self-pollinating they can even be grown inside the house or on the patio in pots. Using the right size container depends on the size of the plant. You can use decorative container if you keep your pepper plants in the house. This way they are ornamental as well as functional.

Starting Seeds

  • Start pepper seeds in good potting soil in seedling containers. These are usually about 2 inches in diameter.

    Transfer the plants when they are about 4 inches tall to a pot that is 4 inches in diameter. Make sure to add more soil and fertilizer. Use plastic containers instead of pottery for best results.

Larger Plants

  • Use gradient pots such as 6 inches and eight inches as the plant gets taller and the root system develops more. If the plant seems to stop growing, it is probably ready for transplanting. Make sure to add more potting soil to accommodate for the larger container as well as fertilizer each time you transfer the plant to a new pot.

    Transfer mature plants to 2 to 5 gallon buckets, depending on the type of pepper plant. Recycle old laundry detergent buckets or use the black buckets from the gardening store or nursery. Make sure all containers are clean and sterilized before transplanting the pepper plant. Use sturdy buckets for larger plants to keep in the roots contained in the bucket and not split apart lesser quality plastic containers. The plants should be content here for several years if watered properly and occasionally given fertilizer or special pepper plant food.


  • Clean all previously used containers with warm water and a mild dish soap. Add a few drops of bleach to your water to sterilize the container and kill and any diseases.

    Dig up all your pepper plants for transplanting in the evening. Do not handle plants that are wet with dew.

    When digging up the plants be very careful of the roots. Their root systems do not like to be disturbed. Mark out a circle around the plant and dig up the whole circle. Brush off some of the dirt to help the plant fit into your container if necessary, but make sure none of the roots are showing.

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