What Kind of Soil Do Peppers Like?

So what kind of soil do peppers like?  Glad you asked, because the soil you use for planting your peppers has a lot to do with how they grow.

Soil Types

There are three main soil types.  Different locations have different soils, so if you plan to plant your garden in the ground, you need to know what you have.

  • Sandy
  • Clay
  • Loam

If you want to know more about these soil types, here’s a post all about them.  But on to what the peppers like.

Peppers Like What Soil?

As you might guess, peppers like a balanced soil — not quite sandy, not quite clay.  But let’s think about that a little more.

Wild peppers originated in Central and South America, and the soils there are definitely more sandy than clay or loam — so it’s loose and well-draining.  But there are also peppers which grew in soils that were a bit richer, if they grew in a more jungle-ish area.  Still, the soil tended to be well-draining.

That is where peppers started; what about growing them in your garden?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Wild peppers were in more sandy soil, but now our pepper plants are domesticated, and their needs have some changes.

Peppers still like well-draining soil, but not necessarily sandy.  They do like their nutrients, though, so not too well-draining — they just don’t like to constantly have wet feet.  Loose soil lets the new, small roots penetrate easily, in their search for nutrients and moisture.  The looseness also lets the roots breath a bit.

They also like their nutrients!  We’re growing peppers for production, or to be ornamental (which is production, if  you think about it).  They need nutrients in the form of fertilizer, whether it is organic, non-organic or a mix of both, to support their bounty.  Just remember not to over-fertilize.  (Here’s more information about organic fertilizers and fertilizing pepper plants.)

I’ve been mostly talking garden soil, but the same also applies to peppers grown in containers.  One extra thing to remember about containers is that they need drainage.  Make sure your planter has a hole for the water to drain out, or use a grow bag which lets the water drain without holes.

 

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