A gardener's selection of peppers for planting in a home garden is numerous. Whether you prefer sweet peppers, hot peppers or a combination of both, there are many different pepper varieties to choose from as you prepare to plant a garden. Banana peppers are a sweet pepper variety that resembles bananas with their yellow skin and long, thin, curving shape. Grow banana pepper plants in a sunny garden area for a delicious pepper to add to your culinary creations.
Prepare a sunny growing area for the banana pepper plants after the final frost of the spring. Use the garden spade to work the soil down to a depth of at least 6 inches. Sprinkle compost over the soil in a 2-inch layer and incorporate the compost into the soil with the garden spade.
Dig a hole for each banana pepper seedling with the trowel. Space the holes approximately 2 feet apart and make the holes deep enough to plant the seedlings at the same depth as they are growing in their temporary containers.
Remove each banana pepper seedling from its temporary container carefully by pinching the container lightly to loosen the soil. Shake the container to work the seedling loose and then pull gently on the seedling to remove it from the container.
Place each seedling into a prepared hole and tamp the soil gently around the seedlings. Provide enough water to saturate the soil immediately after planting the banana pepper seedlings.
Apply a 2-inch layer of shredded mulch around the banana pepper seedlings to keep the soil moist and prevent weeds from encroaching upon the pepper plants.
Water the banana pepper plants if less than 1 inch of rain falls within a one-week-period. Pay close attention to watering the banana peppers while they are developing peppers on the vines--do not allow the plants to dry out during this period.
Apply 3 tbsp. of granular fertilizer spread out over a 10-foot row of pepper plants when you see peppers beginning to grow on the plants. Sprinkle the fertilizer evenly along the row of plants, approximately 3 inches away from the plants. Rake the fertilizer into the soil with the hand rake and water the pepper plants to saturate the soil.
Harvest banana peppers when they are yellow in color and approximately 3 inches long. Cut the peppers from the vines with the utility knife, leaving approximately 1 inch of vine on each pepper.