A guide on how to grow banana peppers, including tips for growing the plant and harvesting.

Soil

What soil is good for Banana Peppers?

Rich, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun do Banana Peppers need?

 Sunny, sheltered position.

Frost Tolerant

Are Banana Peppers frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space do Banana Peppers need?

Around 35-40cm apart.

Planting

When should I plant Banana Peppers?

Peppers are best grown in temperatures between 18 and 30°C (65–86°F)

For a head start, sow seeds indoors in late winter to be planted out in spring. Plant out once the danger of frost has passed.

Seeds can also be sown in spring. Keep soil moist and warm to ensure successful germination.

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.   

Feeding

What do I feed Banana Peppers?

Apply an organic fertiliser regularly throughout the season. Mulch the soil well to retain moisture. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Banana Peppers?

Banana peppers are generally harvested once they turn yellow, they can be harvested at any size. They will crop continuously throughout the season. 

Pests

What pests do Banana Peppers get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail, Fruit Fly, Spider Mites, Thrips, Root Knot Nematodes, Potato Beetle, Flea Beetle, Leaf Miner, Leaf Roller, Pepper Weevil, Tomato Fruit Worm

Diseases

What diseases do Banana Peppers get?

Mosaic Virus, Leaf Spot, Blight, Verticillium wilt, Anrthracnose, Damping-off, Fusarium Wilt, Powdery Mildew, Bacterial Canker, Blossom-end Rot, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

Plants usually require staking for support. May benefit from a shade cloth in extreme sun as the fruit is susceptible to sunburn. 

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