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Variety: Banana (Sweet)
Family: Capsicum Annum
Botanical Name: Unk.
Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Growing Difficulty: 2
Soil PH: 6.0 to 6.8
Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-10
Soil Type: Rich, Loamy, Well-Draining
Germination (days): 10 to 14
Soil Temp for Germination: 75-85°F
Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN
Days to Maturity: 69 - 80
Planting Depth: 1/4”
Distance Apart (in row): 18-24"
Row Spacing: 24-36"
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR DIRECT SOW
6 - 8 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
We recommend starting Banana Pepper seeds indoors roughly 8 weeks before your last danger of frost. Make sure the soil is around 75 - 85 degrees for proper germination. Pepper plants will need a grow light for 12-16 hours each day.
Harden off seedlings before transplanting by exposing them to the current weather conditions for several hours each day before planting in the ground.
Transplant the pepper seedlings once the outside temperature reaches 60-65 degrees F in the daytime and no lower than 50°F at night.
Banana Peppers are a widely used pepper for a variety of recipes. These extremely easy to grow plants are used for everything from pickling to salsas.
You should wait to harvest your Banana Peppers until the pepper itself turns yellow and they are able to easily snap off the stem. At this point, your peppers will have a mild sweet flavor. If left to continue ripening on the plant, your peppers will develop more heat and turn from yellow to orange and eventually red. Use this as an indicator of the heat factor of your peppers.
If your goal is to dry the peppers after harvest, wait until your peppers turn bright red before picking.
You must be careful when growing pepper plants, as they will cross pollinate with many other varieties of pepper plants. You will need to isolate or cage (bee netting) your plants to preserve the strain you are growing.
Allow the plant to fully mature. Remove the best peppers and cut them in half to expose their seeds.
Spread the seeds out on a paper towel and dry for about 2 weeks. Once dried, store safely until next growing season.