How to Plant Banana Pepper Plants


The banana pepper is a sweet-tasting pepper, with colors from yellow to red. Since banana pepper plants are slow to start from seeds, some gardeners prefer to purchase seedlings or starter plants from the nursery. Banana pepper seeds, like those from other peppers, are started indoors, away from cold temperatures. Banana peppers enjoy full sun and require regular watering to maintain moisture. They should not be over-watered, where the soil becomes saturated or soggy.

Step 1

Schedule the planting for spring or early summer, when all danger of frost has passed. The banana pepper does not tolerate severe colds and the leaves may shed when the temperature drops below 55 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare the soil with a starter fertilizer, following the application instructions provided by the manufacturer. The soil should be well-draining and moist.

Step 3

Plant the banana pepper plants, gently removing from the container and digging a hole slightly larger than the mass around the roots and soil after removing from the container. Carefully set in the hole, maintaining the soil line and back filling to fill the hole.

Step 4

Space the plants about 2 feet apart in the row, with the same spacing between rows.

Things You'll Need

  • Starter fertilizer
  • Hand gardening spade
  • Banana pepper starter plant


  • University of Illinois Extension: Watch your Garden Grow, Peppers
  • "Vegetable Gardening"; P. Clifford; 1975
  • "Agronomy Facts"; Starter Fertilizer
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.