Growing A Chili Plant Indoors

Last Updated on September 30, 2021 by Guillermina

Growing a chili plant indoors is a smart move to have unlimited chili in the kitchen whenever you need it. So, today on the blog, we are going to give you some tips on how to grow beautiful and healthy chili indoors.

Unlike commercial chilies, homegrown chili plants are fiercely hot. They are versatile, you can them on sunny windowsills. You can simply place them on a pot and locate them by the window where they see the sun. In case you need some chilis, simply pick as many as you can.

Chilies contain a substance considered capsaicin that animates the sensitive spots in your mucous layers; that is the thing that causes them to feel hot when you chomp into one. The hotness of your chili can depend on the kind and how ripe they are.

The warmth of every stew is estimated by the Scoville Scale. In 2017, Welsh natural product cultivator Mike Smith incidentally developed the world’s most smoking example. Enlisting 2.48 million on the Scoville scale, specialists say that only one of his ‘Mythical serpent’s Breath’ chilies is sufficient to trigger anaphylactic shock!

 Growing a Chili Plant Indoors: Know the Right Type

It doesn’t matter how hot you want your chilies to be. There is a lot of options for you.  Have a go at establishing a couple of various assortments to track down the one that suits you. A portion of our top picks include:

  • Jalapeno M- Medium heat, the best use for salsas and pizza toppings
  • Padron – This is a great option for stir fry. Pick the green one if you like medium hot, the red one for sizzling hot!
  • Heatwave Improved Mix – these are hot and can be used as ornamental too
  • Demon Red – very hot and also attractive; comes with dwarf varieties that are very common for homeowners
  • Tropical Heat – extremely hot mix or red and orange Caribbean “Habanero”; also includes red Scotts bonnets

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Other Options When Growing Chili Peppers Indoors


With regards to developing chilies on the windowsill, this bean stew is the best option. The little stew plant produces numerous red bean stew peppers. Here and there you need to stress if the branches can convey the heap. The Apache bean stew plant is economical in light prerequisites and window box size. The thick plant that once in a while becomes taller than a large portion of a meter.

Poinsettia Chili 

At the point when the tufts of prolonged natural product age to a x-mas red, they resemble a Christmas star (Poinsettia). The indoor development is beneficial given the sight and taste. Every year the bean stew plant yields more organic product before it kicks the bucket following three to four years. Ideal as a nibble with servings of mixed greens or for preparing with moderate warmth.


If you grow a few assortments inside, take them with you. It doesn’t become bigger than 60 cm and structures colossal amounts of slight chilies around 5 cm long. Likewise, with numerous little bean stew plants, they develop upwards and endeavor towards the sun. Medium sharpness with minimized development.

The best month to plant chili indoors is between January and February. In any case, you can always pick some fruits if you see some. During the dormant month, you might refrain from picking chilies so your plant can grow.

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Tips When Growing Chilis Indoors 

how to grow chillies

The most sizzling assortments need the longest developing time frame. Here’s how to develop your chilies from seed:

  • Start your seeds off inside – they need a lot of warmth to sprout.
  • Fill a seed plate or some 10cm pots with damp seed compost and level down.
  • Sow a couple of seeds on top and cover with a fine sprinkling of vermiculite or fertilizer.
  • Put them in a propagator and set the temperature at 18-25C (64-77F). Otherwise, you can use polythene to cover your seed plate and pop them on a bright windowsill or in a warm broadcasting cabinet.
  • Germination generally takes seven days. Once they have germinated, you can take your seedlings to a warm, bright windowsill (or warmed nursery).
  • Keep the manure uniformly clammy yet take care not to allow it to get splashing wet.

Growing Chili Plant Indoors and Harvesting 

Now that you know how to grow chili plants indoors, it is also good to know when to harvest them. When harvesting your chilis, you should be mindful of the ripeness. The ripeness of your chili matters when choosing how hot you want it to be.

For most chili varieties, green chilies are not very hot. However, orange to red chilis can be very hot depending on the breed and variety that you are planting. Also, note that there are big chilis and there are also small.

The large chili varieties are not very hot which makes them good for tacos and other food flavorings. If you want chilis for your sauce, you might want to plant the small varieties. The Diablo Grande varieties are undoubtedly very hot. These include jalapenos, poblanos, cayenne, and Serrano peppers.

growing chili peppers indoors

The best time to harvest your chilies is in July. However, when your chili plant starts growing some fruits, you can pick them anytime you want. Towards the end of the season, you might leave some chilis on the plant. This lets your chili plant grow even during dormant months.

Chilies don’t like cold weather. So if you have planted your chili outside and it starts to cool before your crop has fully ripened, you can bring them indoors. This lets them ripen better. 

You can harvest in bulk or one-by-one depending on how much you need. When you have too many chilis already, you can sell some of them.

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