Grow your own fresh, crisp peppers

Straight from the balcony

Fresh, crisp peppers jazz-up summer salads, injecting colour and flavour that supermarket produce simply cannot rival! These vivid fruits are easy to grow, taste fantastic and look eye-catching on the plate. Sweet peppers and chilli peppers love to bask in sunlight and warmth but are undemanding, making them a top choice for beginners. Try growing these healthy, nutritious fruits for yourself!

  • Approx. 15 minutes for 1 container
  • Approx. £10 for 1 container
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • May to June

This is what you need

  • Pot, planter or window box
  • Drip trays for pots
  • Peat-free vegetable compost
  • Watering can
  • Organic Tomato Feed
  • Extra tip: Chillies go well with sweet peppers

Step 1: Fill the container

Choose a container with plenty of drainage holes and place a few crocks (pieces of pottery) at the base to prevent compost from being washed out of the pot. Fill the container to slightly below the rim, using a peat-free compost that’s suitable for fruit and vegetables.

Step 2: Plant

Water young pepper plants thoroughly before planting. Gently remove the pot and place the pepper plant in the container. The upper edge of the root ball should be about 2cm below the rim of the pot, to prevent water from spilling over the edge of the pot when watering. Next, top up the pot with vegetable compost and firm it down lightly.

Step 3: Water

Peppers must be kept well-watered for a bumper crop, especially during hot weather. For best results, liquid feed once a week for the first four weeks with Super Strength Seaweed Extract. It strengthens plants and stimulates healthy new growth.

Further care

  • Give pepper plants a liquid feed with Organic Tomato Feed every 1-2 weeks throughout the growing season. Organic Tomato Feed encourages plants to flower – and flowers lead to more fruits.
  • Plant pests and diseases, if they occur, can be identified with the help of our plant doctor. Here, you will find lots of handy tips for prevention and control.