A pepper plant on your balcony or in your garden looks very nice of course, but it is even nicer if you manage to harvest your own cultivated peppers from it. We regularly receive questions from people who do this themselves at home. Many people succeed in growing a few plants from seed in the spring. But after that it sometimes goes wrong, because if your pepper plant has survived all the wind gusts, downpours and the hottest week of June, the moment will come that quite a few fruits are hanging on the plant. And then your plant gets it difficult..
Often the plant is in a pot on the balcony or in the backyard in the full ground. At this moment, the pepper plant needs a lot of nutrition, because it is full of fruits that demand a lot from the plant. Often, the basic nutrition in the potting compost or garden soil is exhausted at this stage, so you need to supplement it. Spreading manure pellets is of little use, as these are made to slowly release their nutrition and your pepper plants need nutrition ‘now’. You can often notice a lack of nutrition by discoloured leaves and leaf drop (loosening of the leaves). So we advise to use liquid fertilizer now, you can buy this everywhere nowadays and also a bottle of less than a euro in a store will do just fine. Just stick to the dosage on the label and nothing can go wrong.
As a real enthusiast, you are of course very proud when you have succeeded in getting your plant full of coloured chillies and you would like to have it completely full of red chillies. Unfortunately, your plants think otherwise and it is a must to harvest the ripe fruits regularly. You will see that this way you will eventually get more fruits from your plants.
When the longest day has passed at the end of June and you are carefully heading towards August with a plant full of peppers, you must be careful not to over-water, because a pepper plant does not like that either. Pepper plants have by nature no giant strong root system and therefore the danger of too much water is great. A good tip is to lift your plant in a pot every now and then to estimate its weight. This will give you an idea of the weight of the pot at the moment when your plant is happy. If the weight of the pot is still good, you can easily skip watering it once or just give it a little. It is also no great secret that most indoor plants die from too much rather than too little water.