Pepper Plant Care with Pepper Joe's Live Seedlings

Congratulations on purchasing your live pepper plants from Pepper Joe's! You're probably thinking, now what?

If you're unsure about the next steps of pepper plant care, don't fret! We'll give you everything you need to know for your new pepper seedlings to thrive and have a fantastic growing season! Follow our instructional step-by-step guide listed below. You can also find these instructions at the bottom of your new pepper seedling box underneath the cardboard spacing.

Unbox & Transplant the Pepper Seedlings

pepper seedling package from pepper joe's

1. Remove Paper from Rock Wool

Start by unwrapping the paper towel from the rock wool of your pepper seedlings. The rock wool is used to keep a protective layer around the seedling's roots for close-to-ideal levels of moisture and oxygen. It also keeps the roots sterile from pest, disease, and other variable seeds like weeds. Be careful when unwrapping the paper towel from the rock wool so as not to pull it away from the plant. Doing this will potentially damage the roots and kill off your seedling before you ever place it in soil!

2. Pot in a One Gallon Container or Larger

Place the rock wool end of your live pepper plant into the soil. This should be 2-3 inches in your favorite planting soil. Keep the rock wool around the end of your new pepper seedling while planting it into your soil. After this is done, you'll want to water it immediately and keep an eye on both your soil and moisture to ensure your seedling stays well-hydrated.

3. Keep Pepper Plants Indoors for at Least 1 Week

This will ensure your new pepper plants from Pepper Joe's has the chance to adjust to its new environment. You'll want to make sure the pepper seedling is healthy enough to establish new roots beyond the rock wool cube. 

Don't Forget to Harden Pepper Plants

Hardening off your pepper plants requires carefully transplanting the seedlings from inside to the outdoors. This is a slow, gradual process as plants adjust to small changes in their environment better than sudden shifts. You'll want to ensure your plan out the process ahead of time before you officially set your pepper seedlings outdoors.

gardener pruning pepper plant care for pepper seedling

Think of it this way: just as you get burned when you bare your untanned skin to the sun, leaves of plants started indoors will develop pale, sunburned patches if they are suddenly exposed to too much sun. The story has a happier ending when you introduce seedlings to bright light and sheltered breezes gradually, over a period of one to three weeks.

Keep in mind that pepper seedlings don't tolerate cold weather too well. The soil environment should be perfect for your plants, reaching temperatures of at least 60 degrees, and all awareness of frost is done. The key is to not disturb the pepper plant's roots as they adjust to their new outdoor environment.

Routine Upkeep & Care

On average, our live pepper plants will start producing peppers in 60-90 days. While they're growing, each variety will undergo different changes in growth and production. 

      • Feed your plants nutrients. asdf Your plant needs essential nutrients to thrive and boast great yields of peppers. We have a great selection of fertilizers and plant health products to help give your seedlings the boost they need, including our Soil Blast Fertilizer and Super Myco Tea.

      • Look out for pests. Common pepper plant pests like aphids and spider mites look to wreak havoc on your newly-planted seedlings. Use a soapy water solution or stronger pesticide like SMITE and BANISH from Supreme Growers to keep pests, pathogens, and other invasive species at bay. 
      • Prune your plant as needed. Giving your pepper plants a trim allows more sunlight to hit the plant and promotes areas of new growth such as where pepper pods form and develop. 

You can learn more tips and tricks on how to care for your new pepper plant by visiting our Grow With Joe blog page today!


Live Pepper Plants from Pepper Joe's

rows of pepper seedlings care for pepper plants

Growing peppers from seed can become a tedious, time-consuming process. Live pepper plants from Pepper Joe's help you skip the seeds and get right to the fun of planting and caring for healthy established pepper plants. You can choose so many different options from super hot pepper plants to our rare and exotic plant varieties!

Each of our pepper plants has been hand-picked and cared for by our team of pepper-growing experts. We also package them and prep them for shipping within 5 days of ordering, weather permitting. Our team works hard to ensure you get a quick and safe delivery of your favorite pepper plants to your doorstep!


If you have any questions or concerns about your pepper plants, please contact our team at (888) 660-2276 or

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