Small-scale indoor winter pepper garden

don555(3a)November 6, 2013

Some folks here have huge pepper gardens and that can be intimidating to us dabblers. I grow about 4 patio-pots of early-ripening hot peppers outdoors during summer, and during winter I grow a few peppers under lights, usually in 6" pots.

Last winter I grew under shop-lights a couple pots of some Naga variety... I got the seed from a trade on this site. At first I didn't think I'd actually use any of the peppers since they are wickedly beyond anything I'd sampled previously, but I grew to like them and now I'm down to the last couple pods and I need a new crop. So here it is in its early stages...

I planted indoor Naga peppers July 28 under lights, and these plants just got their first blossoms today, all 3 of them.

Here's a closer up shot of one of the Nagas today, showing lots of buds.

Here's a pic of my indoor set up, with the Nagas in the back row and some cayenne-like hot pepper in the foreground. I've also got a pot of Thai Sun pepper growing, to act as a pollen source when the cayenne-like plant stops flowering, plus some random pots of basil, etc.

If last year is any indication, I won't be picking ripe-red Naga pots until at least February 2014.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
CanadianLori(6a Oakville)

How nice to have fresh in February!

Good looking set up.

Okay, now I've got to know - why is it that pepper people are tidy people? I haven't seen one photo with any messes or clutter in them and I'm sure that we all don't stage each and every pic!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 7:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

At ~ 3.5 months in, those look good.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 7:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

See there, you went and got hooked, Don! Funny how that works, isn't it? haha! Looking really good!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 9:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

That is quite a challenge and accomplishment there.
Well done

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 7:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks all! There's something tantalizing, a bit delightfully decadent really, about growing superhots in the basement under lights. Kind of like a grow-op without the risk of getting busted, but something that most neighbors would still be shocked to discover that you are growing in your basement...

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 2:58AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Time Lapse Video of Carolina Reaper Sprouting
Check it out my little reapers are finally coming up....
Pepper Plant Wilting at Night
Hi All, My plant has been growing lovely, but at night...
Progress Video 3/26/15
Here's a look at my plants. Things are finally starting...
best flavored of the "super hots"
I am sort of reluctant to use the words "super...
Pepper Plant issue
I have some curling and deformation on some of my pepper...
Ryan Shea
Sponsored Products
Justice Design Group FSN-8815 - Pendants 1 Light Mini Pendant - Cone Shade - Mat
$124.20 | Hayneedle
Cirrus Ceiling Fan with Optional Light by Modern Fan Company
$368.00 | Lumens
Gray Zebra Rug 3'9" x 5'9" - GREY/BLACK
$229.00 | Horchow
Ocean Shores Dried Wreath
$69.50 | FRONTGATE
Bird 'Welcome' Garden Stake
$12.99 | zulily
Gaugain Fan
Furniture of America Wavery Dark Espresso Tufted Storage Bench Ottoman
Stone Sand Finish Tuscan Wall Fountain
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™