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How to Move Pepper Starts to Bigger Pots


Date Posted: April 20, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Move Pepper Starts to Bigger Pots
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I like to get a jump on growing my peppers every year by starting them from seeds indoors under grow lights with a heat mat. The indoor lights provide the light source needed for the pepper plants to grow and the heat mat provides the heat that pepper’s roots need.

Starting Peppers Indoors

If you want to see my indoor set up for my pepper plants check out my video, Growing Peppers Under Lights with a Heat Mat . In there I show you the exact setup that I used. I am now past that phase at this point in the season and need to move my pepper starts to larger pots so they will be even bigger when it comes time to move them into my garden beds.

Supplies Needed to Move Pepper Starts

Now that I am ready to begin moving my pepper starts to larger containers, I will need some basic supplies to make this happen.
  • Pepper Starts - The pepper starts of course.

  • Larger Pots - Larger pots will be needed to transfer the pepper starts into. I am using a six inch square cow pot, placing one pepper start into each one.

  • Soil - You will need soil to put into the larger pot. I like to use the garden soil from my garden where the peppers will eventually end up. I believe it creates less shock for them when they are permanently planted there. Even if the shock value is minimal, The dirt is free and I will be putting it back into the garden anyhow.

  • Trowel/Small Shovel - A trowel will be used to fill each larger pot with the soil. I like getting dirty, but this is far easier than using my hands.


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Start Filling the Pots with Soil

How to Move Pepper Starts to Bigger Pots As you can see the list of supplies are minimal. The first step in this process is to fill your pots with your soil. Whether you fill all of your pots first, then transplant your pepper starts or transplant one pepper start at a time, is up to you. There is no right or wrong way when doing this.

Remove the Pepper Start

How to Move Pepper Starts to Bigger Pots Next, carefully remove the pepper start from your seed starting tray. I like to use the Loew Cornell 1021253 Woodsies Jumbo Craft Stick. If you have been watching any of my videos, than you already know I use them for a lot of various gardening applications. Here they work nicely to remove the pepper starts. You can see that in the accompanying video to this article.

Mike shows you how he moved the pepper starts


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Plant the Pepper Start in the Larger Pot

How to Move Pepper Starts to Bigger Pots After you have removed the pepper start from the seed starting tray, make a small hole in the center of your soil in the larger pot. Place the root system of your pepper start in that hole. Cover the roots with more soil making sure you only cover just above the root line.

Optional Step: Place Transplanted Peppers into Tray

I like to place my transplanted peppers into trays. I do this for watering purposes. My peppers aren’t going into the ground for a few more weeks so they will need to be moderately watered on a consistent basis. By placing the peppers in the tray, I can put water into the tray and allow the cow pot and the soil to absorb the water from underneath as opposed to watering top down.

Water the Peppers

How to Move Pepper Starts to Bigger Pots Whether you are using the optional tray method mentioned above or not, your peppers will need to be watered. As you can see in the video, I am adding water to the tray. If you are not using this method, simply water your pepper plants with a watering can just like you would do with any other potted plant.

That’s it! You have now moved your pepper starts to larger pots. This will allow your peppers to grow bigger before you can put them in the ground. Just make sure you don’t plant your peppers until after all fear of frost has subsided in your area. Peppers absolutely hate the cold and the frost will destroy them.

Happy gardening!


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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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