Harvesting Peppers Year Round

Harvesting peppers year round can be fun and challenging at times. There are two main ways to grow and harvest year round. 

One is to have a heated glass greenhouse or hoop house with two layers or even three layers inflated. 

Two is to grow them in you house in a window or dedicated space with high intensity lighting like (HID halides or high pressure sodium) or LED lighting. 

You will likely have to supplement some light if you grow in windows or greenhouses or hoop houses. Now if you are planning to have fresh peppers year round, you first need to have an idea of what you would like to have and how much. If you want to keep yourself in Bell type peppers that can be hard. Seeing how the bigger pod varieties have a hard time making lots of pods in the summer. So you need to think about varieties that don't have such large pods.   

For sweet peppers we would recommend the Mini Bells or Sweet Cayennes or Hot Cayenne. You can keep harvesting very good yields from these types of varieties and most of the smaller pod type varieties. 

In the near future, we will be making a list of the varieties we have had good luck with at the bottom of the page from super hot to sweet.

There is a quick list of Varieties we have had good yields from inside. We will start with sweet varieties first.

Atlantic Mini Red 

Atlantic Mini Orange


Mini Bells 

Russian Healthy

Sweet Cayenne and hot Cayennes 

Most Ornamental varieties can do well

Most Dwarf varieties also do pretty good

We have had good yields indoor with Bishops Crown and AJi Fantasy White and With Lemon Drop. These Capsicum Baccatum do well indoors along with others Capsicum Baccatums. But Capsicum Baccatum are tall varieties and need to be trimmed a lot and kept  as short as possible. 

Most Habaneros grow very good inside with pretty good yields. You have to learn to only let the plants grow what they can and in most cases you need to remove pods so not to over load the plant or you will end up with pods falling off or flowers dropping. This is good practice for all indoor plants you intend to keep harvesting from. 

Light and how much your plants need 

In today's market its very hard to understand the power of lights.  In the old days when all there were, was HID lights, all you needed to know was watts per square footage. But now we are looking at terms like PPFD or PAR and u-MOL-m-2-s-1.

Here is what you need to know peppers and other flowering plants need 25-40 MOL-m-2-d-1 which is the amount of light needed to grow a plant in a day. 

So the only light measurement that you need to use is u-MOL-m2-s-1 this is the light that a light puts out every second. therefore, what you do is take this u-MOL measurement that a light puts out. Let’s say that’s a light with 400 u-MOL-m2-s-1 to get how much light this light can output in a day we take 400 times that by 60 for 60 seconds and then times that by 60 for 60 minutes then times that by 24 for 24 hours in a day 

so 400 *60= 24,000 and

24,000*60=1,440,000 so now we have the amount of light that this light can put out in a hour. So now we divide 

1,440,000/1,000,000 the 1,000,000 is the amount of light that makes one MOL-m2-h1. Theefore,1,440,000/1,000,000=1.44 MOL

so now we can times 1.44 MOL-m2-h1 by 24 hours 1.44*24=34.56, so if we have this light on for 24 hours, it can give plants 34.56 MOLs a day, if on for 24 hours but plants need some night or darkness. Let’s say the light is on for 18 hours that would give plants under it 25.92MOL a day 

so when looking for a led light you need to look at it’s umol output. And you also need to look at the lights  radiation pattern is it 2 feet by 2 feet or 3 by 3 and so on but most are around 3 by 3. So one light that can cover a 3 by 3 with 400 umol or 200 umol in a 4 by 4 space.