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.
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.
Prepare the soil with a starter fertilizer, following the application instructions provided by the manufacturer. The soil should be well-draining and moist.
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.
Space the plants about 2 feet apart in the row, with the same spacing between rows.