When To Pick Banana Peppers

One of the real advantages of growing a selection of fruit and vegetables in your garden is the chance to eat real organic food without the associated price tag.

Peppers are always a popular choice.

When it comes to hot peppers, this excellent guide breaks down some of the huge number of different types of peppers. They are rated in Scoville units according to how hot they are.

Banana Peppers

banana peppers

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Banana peppers are long and thin fruits. Their skin is waxy and they don’t have too many seeds.

Like with peppers in general, when it comes to banana peppers there are many different varieties. The most common type grown at home, though, are the sweet banana peppers.

As a rule of thumb, you’d be able to harvest your banana peppers perhaps 70 days from transplant.

If you opt for the hot version, you will need a little longer so be patient!

Think about how you will use your peppers in the kitchen and choose the degree of kick accordingly.

Growing Banana Peppers

If you want to grow your peppers outside, start the seeds going indoors 40 days before your intended planting.

To sow, dust some peat pots lightly with soil and pop the seeds under a light.

When it’s about time to transplant your nascent seedlings, make absolutely certain all threats of frost have gone for the year. Banana peppers are intolerant to frosty conditions.

Wait until the soil is around 16 degrees and conditions are perfect.

Choose a spot with nicely-drained soil and a solid 8 hours a day of sunlight and you should have some succulent peppers a couple of months later.

Care and Maintenance of Banana Peppers

If you are looking for a fuss-free crop for your fruit and vegetable garden, banana peppers are definitely pretty low maintenance.

There are, though, a few simple pointers to bear in mind so you can maximize your yield and also the quality of your peppers.

One of the many positives of growing your own produce is the ability to experiment and to get things exactly to your liking.

When the fruit has set, use some garden fertilizer. Peppers grow without too much difficulty but it always pays to give nature a helping hand with a great 12-12-12 mix.

Keep your soil reasonably damp.

Pull out any weeds you notice on an ongoing basis. Standard stuff.

Banana peppers can be menaced by a few commonplace insects:

  • Cutworms
  • Aphids
  • Thrips
  • Flea Beatles
  • Whitefly

A garden soap spray is your best plan of attack against flying pests.

Fitting new plants with a cardboard collar is one tactic you can employ to stave off cutworms and dissuade them from feasting on your peppers before you can!

If you prepare your soil properly before planting, keep overhead watering to a minimum and buy seeds certified disease-free then you should eliminate most of these problems before they occur.

Storing Banana Peppers

There’s no doubt that fresh fruit and veg are tastier and more nutritious so, as far as possible, eat your peppers as close to the time of harvest as possible.

If you want to pop them in the fridge, they should last for a couple of weeks and still deliver a nice punch.

Freezing in Ziploc bags will keep your peppers for six months or so if you want to make sure you’ve got some laid in for emergencies.

Another popular approach is to pickle your peppers. This is particularly effective with the hotter type.

When To Pick Banana Peppers

Usually, it’s time to pick your banana peppers about 70 or 75 days from germination.

Use this as a general guide for the stage at which your peppers should be mature. Soil and climate can both play a part in affecting the rate of maturity.

There are differences when it comes to the best time to pick sweet and hot peppers so we’ll look now at some specifics about each type in turn…

When To Pick Sweet Banana Peppers

sweet banana peppers

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You can use size as a loose indicator of maturity with sweet banana peppers. When they hit 4 to 6 inches, they are normally good to go. Growing medium and other conditions can influence this but it’s a useful guideline.

When they are in this size range and a nice, deep yellow in color, you make the choice…

Pick them and pop them in a salad or a sandwich. Enjoy them now.


Leave them to mature a little longer. As they continue to ripen, they will start turning red while becoming ever sweeter. Banana peppers are very flexible.

When you are ready to pick them, make sure that the morning dew is long gone.

You don’t need to go crazy with the garden tools. Some scissors or shears will be perfectly fine. Just snip away and leave roughly 1/4 inch of the stem attached to the pepper fruit.

When To Pick Hot Banana Peppers

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Hot banana peppers tend to be slightly more substantial. Their average size for hitting maturity is 6 inches.

Like with the sweeter variety, yellow skin points to the fruit being ripe for picking. If you want to leave them beyond this point, that’s fine.

For hot peppers on the milder end of the scale, pick them when the skin turns yellow.

If you want some banana peppers with a real bite, wait for them to become red.

Use a combination of these timescales and sizes along with your own taste preference. There are no hard and fast rules.

With the hot banana pepper, you can just use your hands and pull them from the plants. Make sure you support the plant sufficiently while you prise away the fruit.

How To Use Banana Peppers

These peppers can be used in a wide range of ways in the kitchen to enhance many meals.

Here are some ideas if you’re stuck…

  • Sauces
  • Chutney
  • Relish
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Pickles

You can give yourself a taste sensation alongside a nice shot of vitamins A and C.

With banana peppers, you can brighten up your recipes, tease your tastebuds and stay healthy into the bargain.


We hope you have found this look at when to pick banana peppers informative.

If you look here, we have plenty of general recipe ideas so you can put to good use the delicious fruit and veg you are growing in your garden.

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Now be careful those peppers are not too hot!

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