I left my carolina reapers in the starter tray for 51 days, the bottom of the stems are starting to get woody, and they have about 5 sets of true leaves and are still growing more. They are ~2.5 inches tall.

If I transplant them into pots now, will they grow bigger or did I wait too long? Can I still wait longer? I am growing them indoors only, so I have plenty of time to wait for them to get large.

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    Maybe add a photo of the situation?
    – benn
    Nov 9, 2017 at 18:19
  • I ended up just transplanting them. They were root bound. Sorry for the lack of information about the starter trays and such.
    – d4rk s1gm
    Nov 10, 2017 at 19:23

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You should be fine to transplant them now into slightly bigger pots. I am guessing they are in a starter tray with 1" diameter 'pots'? Upgrade only to 3 or 4 inch diameter pots...with potting soil. Hard to imagine what you've got going but if your plants are still alive there is no reason to quit. 50 days is a stretch but plants are tough. Just squeeze the bottom of the little pot as you turn upside down...if roots are through the bottom, just rip or cut them off to release the start from its starting pot. Transplant into 3 or 4" diameter pot, firm the soil and water, only water when pot feels light as you lift it. Are you using artificial light or sunlight? You really need a decent grow light to grow them indoors. The light from the window is not enough and the winter daylight hours are too short. Not to mention you'll be responsible for pollination (no big deal). Careful with the nitrogen or you will not get flowers and peppers. When roots grow through the bottom of the 3 to 4" pots repot into 6" pots. Usually that is as far as you need to go for lots of peppers. You have to have enough light via artificial means and a fan to blow the air. All potting soil, no garden soil or compost.

  • Thanks for the comment, I have been growing indoor plants for a while now, I grew a loofah plant in my closet. Everything is exactly as you described, yes. I replanted them into sanitized soft drink cups that I cut in half. I have several grow lights, 4 covering my entire growing area by the window, and one that is now aimed directly on my plants. I am also using sunlight when it comes through. Can you elaborate about the nitrogen? I'm using 6-4-4 FoxFarm Grow Big. Oh, and I'm using pro-mix biofungicide mycorrhizae which works very well for me. And I have a huge honeywell circulating air.
    – d4rk s1gm
    Nov 10, 2017 at 19:21
  • Okay, did some research myself. I'm gonna find some 5-10-10, I have only been fertilizing them every once in a while since they are still seedlings. Thanks for the help.
    – d4rk s1gm
    Nov 10, 2017 at 19:38
  • Fox Farm is an excellent brand. I am stumped with the term biofungicide (a biological means of killing fungus in this case a bacteria that kills fungus in the soil) and then combined with Mycorrhizae fungus. Huh? I am sure I am missing something. I don't like the idea of applying a fungicide in potting soil anyway. That soil should already be sterilized as it is a potting soil. Peat is sort of antifungal/antibacterial itself. But we do have to start boycotting the use of peat as it is an endangered resource as well as ecosystem. Do your cups have drain holes? Scimp on the fertilizer
    – stormy
    Nov 10, 2017 at 23:04
  • I just had a thought, you said you were supplementing the grow lights with daylight through the windows? What is your daylight/dark cycle?
    – stormy
    Nov 10, 2017 at 23:23
  • About 7 to 7, might switch to longer hours. I have mint, basil, milkweed, asperagus, dragonfruit and three types of peppers in the same spot, and everything is fine. My reapers are turning lime green though, hoping the fertilizer and more space helps. I just bought three pack of fox farm, I'm gonna follow that feeding schedule. Ya the cups have drainage holes.
    – d4rk s1gm
    Nov 12, 2017 at 1:06

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