How to Grow Sweet Banana Peppers
Banana peppers are a very tasty treat. And,they are easy to grow. Banana
pepper plants are prolific producers of sweet, yellow fruit. The fruit
grows six to seven inches long and1 1/2 inches wide. The fruit and is a pale
yellow, ripening to a bright red. If you grow just two or three plants, you'll
will find yourself giving them away to thankful family and friends. The plant
produces all the way to the first frost.
Enjoy banana peppers in a wide variety of recipes. They are great raw or
cooked. Use them in salads, on the grill, in a vegetable medley, in a stir-fry,
stuffed, or on the snack tray. They can be used in just about any recipe
that calls for sweet peppers.
The attractive fruit grows amidst thick, dark green foliage. Try growing
them as an ornamental plant on your balcony or deck.
Sowing Sweet Banana Pepper Seeds:
Banana pepper plants are best started indoors, six to eight weeks or more
before the last frost date for your area. Slow starters, germination takes
2 - 3 three weeks. Seedlings grow slowly at first.
Sow seeds 1/4" deep, and cover with light, seed starting soil.
Tip: We strongly recommend use of a heated germination mat, to reduce
germination time, and increase germination rate.
Days to Maturity: 70 to 90 days .
Transplant seedlings after the last frost date in your area. If the weather
is still cool, delay transplanting a few days, to avoid stunting the
plants. Keep the plants in a cold
frame, indoors or next to the house.
How to Grow Sweet Banana Peppers:
Grow Sweet Banana Pepper plants in full sun, and in a rich, well draining
garden soil. Prior to transplanting outdoors, adding plenty of compost, manure,
and a general purpose fertilizer.
The plants like the weather hot.
Space 18-24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 36 inches apart.
Banana Pepper plants prefer moist soil. Add plenty of water during hot, dry
Mulch around the pepper plants to keep down weeds, and to retain soil moisture.
As the peppers develop, switch over to a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous
and Potassium. A high nitrogen fertilizer can result in a great looking bushy,
green plant, with few fruit.
Peppers are self pollinating. They can cross pollinate with pollen carried
by bees or other insects. If you are going to save the seeds for next year,
do not plant different varieties near each other.
Ideal Soil pH
Pick peppers as soon as they reach a size which is edible. Or wait until
they ripen to a bright red color.
Pick banana peppers regularly, before they get too big. Continuous harvesting
promotes new fruit set, and you will be harvesting them all the way to the
Insects and Pests:
Many insects are harmful to pepper plants. Spider mites and aphids are the
most common, with an occasional borer. Pest problems are usually infrequent.
For the infrequent problem, try an organic insecticide or dust.
Deer will eat the plant leaves.
Plant Problems - Diagnosis,
causes and cures for many common plant problems.
Disease problems are infrequent, most often occurring in hot, humid weather.
Fungal infections can be treated with fungicides. Apply treatment as needed.
Banana peppers are a warm weather crop. Spring and fall frosts will
kill the plant. Cold weather in the 30s can stunt their growth. If frost
is expected, cover the plants.
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