Adding an ornamental pepper plant to your garden is a great way to bring a unique splash of color to your landscape. While many peppers are grown with the intention of culinary use, ornamental pepper plants are meant mainly for aesthetic purposes and are not harvested or eaten. When growing ornamental peppers, it’s important to understand how to care for them. The more you learn about care and maintenance of ornamental pepper plants, the more likely it is that they’ll thrive once you get them in the ground.
Ornamental pepper plants will grow best when placed in the right location. Ideally, you should strive to plant your ornamental peppers in an area that receives direct sunlight for much of the day. While it can be difficult to control temperatures, ornamental pepper plants will thrive between 65 and 75 degrees, although slight variation is generally not considered to be a problem.
Watering an ornamental pepper plant is a crucial part of the growing process. In order to determine how much water your plant needs, stick your finger approximately one inch into the soil. If the soil is dry, it likely needs a small amount of water. Ideally, the soil should be moist but never soaked. If you add too much water, the plant will begin to suffer negative consequences. Water your plant approximately twice per week, keeping an eye on the moisture level on a regular basis.
If you use fertilizer, your pepper plant will be more likely to thrive than if you simply allow it sun and water. Add the fertilizer of your choice to the soil surrounding the pepper plant approximately once per month. For detailed information, refer to the instructions on the fertilizer package. Avoid over-fertilizing your plant, which can lead to a variety of different growing problems.