Growing Thai Hot Peppers

Growing Thai Hot Peppers means you’re growing a delight.  The low-growing plant blossoms profusely and produces a bounty of bright red peppers, pointing upwards.

A Little About the Peppers

Thai Hot PepperThai Hot is equally at home in a container or in the ground.  A three-gallon container will suit this pretty little pepper just fine.  You might even be able to get away with a 1-gallon container, if you keep it well-watered and fertilized.

I have the plant in the photo (and by the way, you can click on the photo to see a larger picture) growing in the ground, and it’s about 8-inches tall.  It’s also spread about 7 inches in diameter.

Now in the photo you only see 3 red peppers, but see all those blossoms and blossom buds?  In a couple of weeks, the plant will be covered with peppers.

Can You Eat the Peppers?

Sure you can, but be warned –they aren’t called “Thai Hot” for nothing!  One chopped pepper (with seeds) can easily season a large bowl of chili.

Speaking of the peppers, they are only about 3/4″ tall.  They aren’t large, but they are potent.

But the charm of these peppers is ornamental.  They make a great garden border, looking like bright red flowers.  And of course, you could each day pick a few of the peppers in the border and you’d never see a difference.

Growing Thai Hot Peppers

My pepper plant survived some very chilly weather early this season, with temperatures down in the 30’s.  It was a little sad-looking until the cold weather passed, but then came back admirably.

As with all chile peppers, they like warm weather and plenty of sunshine.  I mentioned that you can grow these in containers easily, and Thai Hot could certainly be grown indoors under lights.

An an FYI, there is a larger variety, called Giant Thai Hot.  I haven’t tried it yet, but the peppers get to about 2″ long, instead of the normal 1/2 to 3/4 inches.  There’s also a version that has orange peppers instead of red.

6 Responses to Growing Thai Hot Peppers

  • Scott Wicks says:

    I transplanted a Thai Hot from a garden to a 3 gallon pot and placed it under some grow lights in the basement. After it got over the “shock” it came back nicely, but for some reason, I get no peppers. Lots of flowers, but no peppers. I’m thinking it can only be a pollination problem. Will this pepper pollinate itself? Should I give the lil guy a gentle shake once a day? I’m just not sure. Plant is still in the basement, but will go outside in the near future.

    Thanks for your help.

  • Gail says:

    Hi Scott,

    If it’s in the basement, that could be the problem. The peppers rely on wind and insects for pollination, so yes, giving them a shake once or twice a day should help. 🙂


  • Kristen says:

    I have my Thai chili plant in a container with a yellow bell pepper plant. The plant produces blossoms constantly, but no peppers yet. Should I transplant it to its own pot?

  • rob says:

    I have the same plant in my garden and there are white flowers but no peppper yet . I give it miracle gro about once every 3 weeks will that help it to grow peppers ?

  • Gail says:

    Do you have many insects in your area (butterflies, bees), or are the peppers behind a screening? That may affect polination. Pollen is also spread by wind; as the plants move back and forth, they shed the pollen.

    Check the phosphorus content of the fertilizer you use — make sure the middle number is close to or higher than the other two numbers. Phosphorus is essential for fruiting.

    It depends on how big the plants are and the size of the container you have them in. If the roots are too entangled, separating them may do more harm than good. However, if the pot isn’t at least 5 gallons (10 would be better for 2 plants), then you might try carefully transplanting both of them to a larger container. Just be careful that you don’t disturb the root ball when doing it.

  • Gail says:

    I like to use a weak solution of miracle gro every week for the peppers, along with plenty of organic compost. The weak solution (maybe 1/3 strength) seems to keep them pretty happy, and the compost also nourishes them. If you can find it, kelp spray is also great — a light misting early in the day once or twice a week boosts mine great, but it’s not necessary.