Sweet Pepper and Cherry Tomato
A few months ago my favourite Brighton florists displayed a batch of vegetable plants leaving me wondering if it was possible to grow them as indoor plants and see they produced any edible fruit.
The two plants I bought were a Cherry Tomato and an Orange Bell Pepper.
Both needed an outside windowsill enabling them to get some sunlight along with the fresh air they enjoy. To encourage their fruit to grow they need watering regularly with a high potash fertiliser, a typical one having an NPK of 24-8-16 printed on the packet.
It has been a real pleasure to obtain fruit from both. The tomato plant was ready for picking at the time of buying. They were really wonderful with a richer and fuller taste than the shop varieties. About a month past before the second crop started to ripen and it should be ready for harvesting in a few more weeks.
The Sweet Pepper plant, originally from Mexico and South America and not to be confused with black peppercorns from , has been a joy from the start.
The small orange peppers look so cute one suspects they might be ornamental yet when sliced up the taste is sensational- sweet yet crisp when eaten raw and equally delicious when grilled under a low heat.
Truly nothing beats growing your own and huge gardens with greenhouses aren’t necessary. These inexpensive plants are smaller than many other indoor varieties, and as well as being decoratively attractive, dinner guests get a real lift when they realise it’s home grown!