Question of the Day: Are banana peppers easy to grow?
Quick Answer: Like most members of the capsicum family, Banana peppers are easy to grow and ideal for newer gardeners and container gardens. There are, however, a few things you should keep in mind.
- Banana peppers are warm-weather plants. If you live in a region with a cooler climate, you may need to start them indoors and then move them outside. Depending on your chosen variety, you may need to plant them 40-60 days before the weather warms up.
- The ideal weather conditions for growing banana peppers will be temperatures in the 60 to 75°F range with plenty of sunshine and little rain.
- Banana peppers prefer neutral to slightly acidic soil that drains well and has plenty of magnesium. A light dusting of Epsom salt (1/8 tsp per cubic foot) turned into your dirt can be very beneficial.
- Banana peppers are susceptible to attack from cutworms, aphids, flea beetles, whiteflies, and thrips. Pest control is a priority.
- Banana peppers leaves are subject to fungal growth. Watering at the base of the plant instead of from overhead can help prevent this.