how to grow ghost peppers in pots

how to grow ghost peppers in pots

How to Grow Ghost Peppers in Pots

Ghost peppers are spicier than their famous cousin, the jalapeno, and harvesting the peppers in your own home is a great DIY culinary experience. Here are a few tips to successful chili growing in containers.

Container Selection

Choose a pot that is 12-14 inches in diameter with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will allow enough room for the pepper plant’s roots to spread and for water to drain. Make sure your pot has good quality, lightweight potting mix and peat moss.

Growing Location

Ghost peppers prefer full sun, so it’s best to place your pot in direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.

Watering Requirements

Water your ghost pepper plant frequently, about once a week. Be sure to check the moisture of the soil with your fingers before adding water.


Apply a liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.


Ghost peppers are ready to pick when they are bright red in color and have reached their full size. Be sure to wear protective gloves when harvesting.

Other Tips:

  • Do not overwater but also do not let ghost peppers dry out
  • Be sure to prune your pepper plant in late winter
  • Give your ghost pepper plant adequate airflow
  • Make sure the growing temperature is between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Growing ghost peppers in pots is an easy way to enjoy your own home garden harvest. Follow these tips for maximum success!