Return to the Hot Pepper Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Container Gardening and Pot Size

Posted by skyclad (My Page) on
Tue, May 13, 14 at 14:17

Hello to my pepper loving friends at Hot Pepper Forum!
I'm entertaining a new idea with regard to growing peppers this year.........growing in pots.. This decision was not simply because I wanted to do so, but as a result of two different health and it's varying nature day by day, and also the fact that my garden area these days is simply a mud hole. We had not had rain for a couple of weeks and my garden "growing area" was still too wet to till. I found out what the problem was a couple of years back........something called "hard pan", and I suppose it's the result of all my tilling over the years resulting in a nonporous layer of dirt a couple of feet down.
My question to all of you today with regard to the pot size issue...........what size of pot do I need to put my pepper plants in to come close to the growth size I'd get if planting in the ground?? I do realize that planting in the ground is ultimately superior, but due to the reasons stated above I'm just not sure if I can go that route anymore..
Thanks in advance for any info you might have!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size

You will here more suggestions. But pot size in part depends on the variety that you want to plant and grow. In average practice they us 3 to 5 gallon containers per plant. You can have a long planter to plant more than one in it. Just an option

Stay Tuned !

RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size

Mine are mostly in 5 gallon containers but as they get bigger, you'll want to re-pot accordingly.
Your plants will usually give you signs like trunk width, size, etc.


RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size

IMO, depends on how long your season is and which varieties. I've had good luck with superhots in 5 gal, but much better with 10-15 gal. With large fruited annuums like bells and anaheims, I'm trying nothing but big pots --15 gal. Every time I've done them in 5 gal, the first flush is ok, but the fruit just suck after that 1st harvest. Almost all my annuums are in ground like every year -- disappointment is limited then... :)


RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size

  • Posted by esox07 4b Wisconsin (My Page) on
    Tue, May 13, 14 at 22:54

5 gal.
bigger is better but not that much better.

RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size

this was an incredibly useful video posted by seysonn a few days back...
look at the freaking huuuuge pepper plant in the 42 gallon pot at the end (mind blown)

Here is a link that might be useful: pepper pot size

RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size


It depends on the POT LIFE of a given pepper plant. Probably that huge plant in 160 liter ( 42 gallon) pot was several years old. My season/pot life is shorter than 5 months for peppers so even a gallon container will do for some peppers before they fill the pot with roots by the end of season. In the same video ( at about T1:10) you can see a huge plant in a one gallon pot (the one with white pods)
So as Kevin said it depend on the length of your season and as BRUCE mentioned , big pot is better but by not that much.
So my pots sizes range from 1.5 gallon to 5.

RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size

I want to thank everyone for their ideas and input on my question regarding container size.. I now have some very good ideas on how to proceed..!
Thanks again to all of you....!!

RE: Container Gardening and Pot Size

I use 7 gallon pots, which is bigger than I need for the varieties I grow and my short summers. But I like the bigger pots because if I go away for a few days I can give the plants a soak before I leave and know that they will be fine until I return, even if the weather is hot and dry.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Hot Pepper Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here