Growing Capsicum in Containers
Growing Capsicum in containers is very similar to growing the old trusty tomato. They love full sun, need staking or some type of support, and feed on similar nutrients.
They are not compatible in the same container though as there would be just too much competition between them, putting these two plants together would do more harm than good. Why? Because they both would be competing for light, and vital nutrients.
Fertilizing Your Friend The Capsicum
Growing Capsicum in containers can be very rewarding for you and all your family, but it will need certain elements to produce those wonderful fruits.
In the beginning stages it is highly recommended to feed with a nitrogen based fertilizer to produce lovely leaf growth then as you want the plant to start flowering start fertilizing with a liquid fertilizer that induces flowering.
Tomato based fertilizers work great, so you can share this amongst your plants. Preferably use an organic fertilizer such as Fish emulsion and seaweed extract. You can buy this at your local supermarket or nursery already mixed together. I prefer the well know brand Seasol.
Another way to get around this is by purchasing a pellet fertilizer with a mixture of manure, seaweed and fish emulsion for optimum results.
Or do what I do and use them all together! Fertilize with the liquid fertilizer once a fortnight and sprinkle on a small amount of pellet fertilizer approximately every six weeks.
When growing Capsicum in containers be careful not to over fertilize with the pellets to avoid root burn.
FINAL TIP - Only use a week fertilizer solution on your Capsicum seedlings and increase the rate as they age. If the tips of the leaves are curling or going brown this indicates root burn and you will need to decrease your fertilizing rate or mixture.
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The Best Conditions For Capsicum Plants
Spring to autumn, these guys need plenty of that lovely sunshine. You can grow them through the winter in the tropical and subtropical regions.
When Planting Capsicum in containers use a top quality potting medium, preferably an organic mixture, as this will provide more beneficial nutrient and microbes to help the plant get a great head start.
What container should I use, and how big should it be?
Again you follow similar principles to the trusty Tom and use a large container. This container should be at least 45 centimeters across in diameter (20 inches) and the same depth or even deeper if possible.
You will find that containers dry up very quickly on hot days; the wind also loves to dry pots out, so it is highly recommended that you place a tray below the container or purchase a self water system.
Growing Capsicums In Containers Tips
Make sure the container has large holes so the water can drain away freely and also pick up available moisture from the storage tray.
To help your plant take up even more moisture in the summer months create a wick by using an old towel or cloth. Run the towel along the inside base of the container and let it hang into the tray to suck up available moisture.
Terracotta Containers look great, but they do come with their faults. They tend to dry out quicker than plastic containers because they are porous and are affected more from the elements.
Plant in a container with wheels, so you can move it around freely. This would help when you need to follow the sun around or you have a bad back. You just may not like lifting, so this type of container would be perfect for you.