Growing Two Peppers in a Single 5 Gallon Containers – The Rusted Garden 2013



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Peppers can be grown in containers. You can grow two peppers in 5 gallon containers if you can manage the moisture. I show you the basic container, the soil preparation and other tips. If you want more peppers don’t over fertilize them.

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49 thoughts on “Growing Two Peppers in a Single 5 Gallon Containers – The Rusted Garden 2013”

  1. Hi Gary. My pepper plants are turning black at the joints. Some sites are saying this is a fungal disease while others say that this is normal for a pepper plant and their plants are still producing despite it. What do you think?

  2. So many arguments, while mostly moot. I think the bigger issue needing addressed is the fact that ol' Gary here needs to stop what he's doing, and I mean right now, and clean-up his yard. You hear me Gary…get that mess cleaned up!

  3. Hi there; I was wondering if it mattered what type of mulch you use. Is one more acidic than another? I'm excited to try this out this year.

  4. It's best not to add top soil into containers. You run the risk of bacteria, disease, insect larvae and weed seeds contaminating the growing mix.

  5. How do you feel about using dyed mulch for veggies? I see you're using black mulch. I'm not a freak about perfectly sterile gardening but I have an aversion to using the dyed mulch on edibles.

  6. I know this is 5 years old, but what was the outcome/yield of 2 pepper plants in one 5 gal container? Did it work out well or were the plants too crowded? Thanks

  7. Can you mix 1/3/. 1/3. 1/3 cow manure; topsoil, and peat moss if so would you still use a bit of fertilizer in the mix …. great video thanks

  8. whats your thinkin on auto waters for green peppers.new ta this an watch to many vid. 58 yrs old . an just tryin ta get by

  9. Hi Gary, I've been following your guides and got my seeds up to about 8inch tall plants now! I am super excited. I am planting two Jalapeno plants in to a 7 gallon pot. This will stay indoors for probably another month until I can put them on my sunny balcony (I live in NYC and its still a bit chilly here).

    How much water do you water at a time? A gallon of water? Or less?

  10. I can't believe it. I mixed up my hot and sweet banana peppers. how can i tell the difference between the two. and do i pick them when yellow, or wait till they are red? I can't believe i did that, I don't know the difference between the two. thanks gary 🙂

  11. Any tips for doing this inside? I live up north…waaaay up north…too cold to grow anything outdoors all year round

  12. do you still top the pepper plants so they bush out when planted in containers or do they bush out too much and crowed each other?

  13. Thanks for this video, answered some of the questions I had.  But..I'm in a ground floor apartment, with a screened in patio, south facing.  Would I still do the big hole in the bottom?

  14. what do you use to grow bigger peppers and higher yields? I am planning on growing hot peppers and bell peppers in 5 gallon buckets but im afraid any cross pollination happening what can i do? because I dont have a huge yard

  15. I have a question I hope u can help…how big dos the pot have to be in order to let my bellpeper plant get full size? Does it have to be five gallons

  16. So I have a stalled pepper plant around 15 inches high, it's in a 5 gallon bucket by itself with a mixture of 2/3 potting soil and 1/3 three in one mix (manure, peat moss and black soil)  This is the soil I used when I transplanted it but it has not grown an bit, plus it has had about 8 flower buds on it now for about 2 weeks that refuse to grow or open, I have not used any fertilizer on it what so ever as the soil mix should have had enough to carry it forward and I didnt want to stunt fruiting further by adding N to it, any suggestions here???

  17. I had two habanero plants that I couldn't separate last season. I put them both in the same 7 gallon pot and tilted them sort of sideways and topped them. Both plants grew to a comparable size to other pepper plants in my garden. With the main stem sideways, the plants grew like a healthy, fallen tree would. I will be trying a similar method this year with all of my peppers!

  18. hey gary can I grow two Carolina reapers in a 16 inch wide, 7 gallon bucket or should I just plant 1? i wanna plant two but im scared that they will each fight for space and ill just end up with 2 small peppers by the end of the growing season instead of 1 big one. what do you think i should do?

  19. I am going to try doing this, this year with peppers and tomatoes.  I planted different varieties of lettuce and some spinach in pots last year with no luck at all. I think my soil was too dense, but not really sure…any thoughts.

  20. I just drill some holes in the bottom of my buckets & throw in some marbles or stones for drainage.? This works great for all of my plants.

  21. I am trying to grow cilantro indoors since I use a lot of it in my cooking. I have germinated some seeds but the seedlings are spindly and I would like to know what I am doing wrong. Thank you.

  22. Hi Gary I have another question — it's a runner bean question. I've got a red runner bean in a five gal bucket. I'm on a balcony. It's about 7' tall, which is about as much as I can handle. Is it hurting anything if I cut it down to 6'? Thanks!

  23. This is my second year growing peppers in five gal containers. I didn't know about the nitro! One of my plants is plenty bushy, but no buds yet. What can I do, if anything, to correct the problem? I'm thinking prune, but I don't know where to cut off the leaves the plant doesn't need. Thanks, Gary!

  24. Hey Gary, I copied this setup 2 months ago. The peppers are doing well but when I lifted the mulch, I saw many roots on the surface. Is this caused by moist mulch that attracts the root system to come up? Like I said there are no problems with the plants but Im just concerned that the roots are growing upwards. Should I worry?

  25. I would add a deep layer of shredded wood chips on top of the soil to hold in water and to gather water from the dew each morning which it will disperse to the soil as needed.   Not only that, but as the chips break down they will feed the soil with compost tea. 

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