Pot size for pepper plant?

pcolahot(8)December 12, 2007

Hey everyone new here. I going to try growing peppers for the first time. And was wondering what size pot to transfer them into after they become a young plant.

Thanks John

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fiedlermeister(04/05)

You will get lots of opinions on this. I move from trays to 4">6">12".

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 10:23AM
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thepodpiper

What he said.

Dale

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 8:55PM
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renais(nm)

I have had very good luck using 2 gallon pots for plants that I keep in the greenhouse for a few years. I do water them every day. I find that, as long as I give them enough fertilizer, I have excellent production. The smaller pots also make it easier for me to move the plants, and allow for more plants in a given area. I have experimented with larger (5 gallon) pots as well. I found that for most varieties, the larger size did not improve the growth of the plant enough to warrent the extra space that it consumed.
Renais

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 12:44AM
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naturalstuff(Z6 / CT)

While some plants can do well in 10" pots..I suggest all pots to be 12" - 16". 8" definetly way to tight/small.

20" way to big. Make sure if you get a 12" pot that the bottom is also 12" meaning is doesn't get narrow at the bottom.

You'll be happy with yeilds at 12". Trust me.

Give the roots room and they'll treat you good.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 10:44AM
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cmpman1974(Zone 6 MI)

I grew a few varieties of C. Chinense in 20" or 24" planters last year that thrived. Some of the Trinidad varieties do best in my opinion in huge containers. I live in Zone 6B. If I was in zones 8-11, there is no way I could not use large ones to sustain the plant. I'm sure I would have been fine using 12-14" pots, but the plants wouldn't have yielded nearly as much. Most varieties are fine in small pots.

Chris

Naturalstuff states

"While some plants can do well in 10" pots..I suggest all pots to be 12" - 16". 8" definetly way to tight/small.
20" way to big. Make sure if you get a 12" pot that the bottom is also 12" meaning is doesn't get narrow at the bottom."

You'll be happy with yeilds at 12". Trust me.

Give the roots room and they'll treat you good.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 5:55PM
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byron(4a/5b NH)

Depends on the variety Habs like more room than C.Annum

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 8:35PM
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kj_57701

I've got a lot of 12 inch pots and a hand-full of 14 inch pots. I buy a truck-load of soil from a local Nursery every year. Literally! That's a little more than a full big-cat scoop which they dump in my pickup truck. I am going to expand my 14 inch pot section this year. It's just easier to regulate watering in the bigger pots. It seems that a few pepper plants in the 12 inch pots could use the extra room. I think I'll end up with about 50 pots this year. About 30, 12 inch pots and 20, 14 inch pots. Oh yea, this is going to be a fun year!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2008 at 2:17AM
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ardnek710(z6 stlouis)

we use the 4 or 5 gallon black nursery pots. They are atleast 12-18inches across.
This year was a first for us in that we actually had plants get rootbound in them, usually there is plenty of root space and we get large plants and heavy yields.

kendra

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