When Is a Good Time to Plant Peppers?


The pepper plant thrives in warm weather, is easy to grow and can be grown indoors or out. If grown indoors, the temperature must be above 70 degrees F for the plant to thrive, but you can grow peppers in containers inside all year.

Northern Regions

In the northern regions of the country, including the Northeast, Great Lakes and from Idaho to Minnesota, plant green peppers no earlier than the middle of May.

Middle Regions

In the Northwest, Northern California, the plains states and the southern half of the Great Lakes and the Mid-Atlantic region, begin planting as early as April.

Southern States

In the southern half of the country, from Southern California to Florida, begin planting peppers in late March.


These are guidelines only. If the spring is colder than average in your area, don't plant peppers until temperatures have stabilized in the optimum range.

Starting Indoors

Start pepper plants in containers indoors eight to ten weeks before the last frost. Bring them outside when the soil temperature is at least 65 degrees F, and the air temperature is 70 degrees F.


  • Farmer's Almanac Interactive Gardening Map
  • Garden Guide

About this Author

Julie Segraves is a freelance writer and photographer. She has written for several community newspapers in Chicago and authors her own blog. Segraves graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor's in sociology and a minor in criminal justice. She currently works in the IT field as a mainframe operations analyst and disaster recovery specialist.