What kind (if any) fertilizer to use?

  • “Use of a balanced fertilizer is recommended (5-10-5 or 10-10-10*). Go easy on the Nitrogen.” – Chile Pepper Institute
    • * Note: these numbers refer to amounts/proportions of Nitrogen (N) – Phosphorus (P) – Potassium (K), respectively.
  • ‘When fertilizing chili pepper plants keep in mind that, like their relatives (and indeed most fruiting plants), capsicum plants like potassium (K). Too much nitrogen (N) will make them grow lots of soft leaves and no fruit.’ – TropicalPermaculture
  • You don’t need to worry about fertilizer if you don’t want to. The correct balance of light, water are really all that the plant needs. As long as your soil is half way decent the plant will be able to get all the nutrients it needs from that.TheChileMan