When Is The Best Time To Pick Banana Peppers

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Banana Peppers VarietiesWhen To PickWhat To Look ForCaring For A Pepper PlantWill They Keep ProducingHow Long Do They Take To Grow SummaryFAQ

Knowing when the best possible time to pick banana peppers is very important as picking unripe ones will just disappoint you with the flavor. Unripe peppers tend to have a slight bitterness to them which isn’t very pleasant to eat.

Below we share some of our insight into knowing when the best possible time might be to pick the banana peppers. They really are one of our all time favorite pepper varieties to grow at home.

Banana Peppers
Banana Peppers

What Are Banana Peppers

Banana peppers are a quite unique variety that has a long shape to them. They are very green when they are ripe and can come in a number of different flavor profiles. Our favorites are the ones which are slightly sweet too. These are great to grow at home and also tend to ripen faster than the spicier banana pepper varieties.

Like most pepper varieties out there they like a warm place with lots of sun. The soil should be very well draining and rich in nutrition. This will help the plant produce very flavorful peppers.

Varieties Of Banana Peppers

There are different varieties of banana peppers out there. There is basically a spectrum with one side being sweetere and the other spicy. The color can shift a bit between the varieties. But our favorites are the green and slightly sweet ones.

They do all look more or less slightly the same. They have a long shape and aren’t that large. More longish and skinny.

When To Pick Banana Peppers

Picking banana peppers should only be done when they are fully ripened, but that sort of goes without saying. Knowing when that time is the tricky part. We look at the color of the peppers. They should be really brightly colored or green and also have a slight snap to them. That indicates its fully ripened. If you want to go beyond that you should harvest on sunny and warm days when even more energy is running through the plant.

How Do You Know If It Has Ripened

Looking at the color of the peppers is what for us will indicate whether they are ready to be picked or not. They should have a slight snap to them when they are ready. 

If the color is dull or nor that bright then there might still be some time for the peppers to grow. This really goes for all pepper varieties. A red variety is ready when it’s bright red, a yellow one is ready when it’s bright yellow. 

Banana Pepper Plant
Banana Pepper Plant

Caring For A Banana Pepper Plant

It’s pretty easy to care for a banana pepper plant or any variety for that matter really. We need to manage the soil and the amount of sunlight the plant is receiving. That is more or less the task we need to take care of.

The soil should never be left to dry out too much. We like to keep it between a little dry and damp. That will help the roots grow efficiently and not be too stressed either. In terms of sunlight the plant will want to get about 8 – 10 hours each day if growing indoors, which is very possible with this variety.

Will Banana Peppers Keep Producing

The banana pepper plant can keep producing harvest throughout the whole summer. But it will start slowing down eventually since the variety is an annual, meaning it only lives for one year before wilting down again.

So from the beginning of summer until early autumn you will be able to harvest from the plant. Everything doesn’t come at once, which means we don’t have to waste any by not being able to use it in time.

How Long Do Banana Peppers Take To Grow

From planting the first seed until harvesting the first banana pepper it will take about 5 months if you have kept it in the most perfect even permit to grow in. But don’t worry if it takes a longer time than this to grow the plant. It all really depends on the place and time where it’s growing.

Banana Pepper
Banana Pepper


Knowing when the best time to harvest banana peppers is very important as we dont want to waste any flavor in the plant. We have found that when it’s brightly colored or green and has a snap to it, it’s ready to be harvested. Before that it might just be a bit too bitter in flavor.


Are Banana Peppers Still Good When They Turn Red

Banana peppers are definitely still good when they are red. Some varieties are this color when they are ready. So it’s important to do your research on the variety before planting it.

What To Do With Banana Peppers After You Pick Them

Once you have picked the banana peppers it’s important to have a plant for utilizing them. We like to make either chili oil or add them in a stir fry.

Can You Eat Banana Peppers When They Are Green

Some varieties of banana peppers are actually ripe when they are green. These are mostly the sweeter varieties. We like these the most as they are also quite aromatic.

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How To Grow And Care For Banana Pepper Plants

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As most hobby gardeners begin with growing basil or perhaps rosemary at home, the next step to learn more about gardening could be pepper plants. They are easy to care for and quite often resilient against a lot of diseases and other issues. 

Below we will talk about growing and caring for the banana pepper plant. Perhaps not the most common variety out there but definitely one worth exploring anyway. It has a great flavor and is easy to cultivate and care for too.

Banana Pepper
Banana Pepper

What Are Banana Pepper Plants

Banana pepper plants are one of the best varieties to start out with if you are a beginner. They don’t grow too quickly, meaning you need to start quite early in the year to have the plant able to produce chilis by the end of the summer.

The chilis on banana plants are quite large. They are long and quite thin with a distinct green color to them. Almost bright green and not the darker shade that jalapenos can have. They grow in preferably warm climates where the temperatures stay elevated for large parts of the year.

Types Of Banana Peppers

There are many different varieties of banana plants out there, some going more on the spicy side but there are also those that lean to the more sweeter end of the spectrum. This means that you will be able to find your favorite and the variety that fits you.

As a general rule of thumb, the spicer varieties take longer to grow and be ready for harvest. While the sweeter or less spicy ones grow more quickly. It will take about 6 months from start to finish to be able to harvest from the plant if you do everything right.

How To Plant A Banana Pepper Plant

Planting the seed is the first step of growing a banana pepper plant. Once you have found the variety that you like then you need to prepare small containers with soil. Make sure there are some small holes in the bottom of the containers that will help lead away any excess water. It will make it easier for the roots to grow if you have this.

Place the seeds on the soil and then lightly cover with more soil. Add some water and then leave  the container in a very sunny and warm place in order to get the seeds to start germinating. This will normally take anywhere between 2 – 3 weeks or so. 

After a month you should start seeing the first signs of progress. Try and keep the soil slightly damp all the time as well. That will greatly help the roots be able to pass on nutrition and not be stressed out by dry soil.

After about 3 months the plant is able to be transplanted into a larger container where it will live for the rest of its time. Here we want the container to also have some holes in the bottom.

Pepper Plant
Pepper Plant

How To Grow And Care For A Banana Pepper Plant

Growing and caring for a banana pepper plant is mostly about keeping the soil healthy and every now and again rotating the plant to give a good amount of sunlight exposure. 

Keep the soil slightly damp all the time in order to have the roots growing at a steady pace. The thing that happens when they get overwatered is that oxygen can properly reach them, resulting in them beginning to drown instead. 

If that happens then the leaves will often begin to change in color and might even start to curl up. To fix this you need to hold off on watering and also find a warmer and sunnier place where the water can more quickly evaporate.

How To Harvest Banana Peppers

Harvesting banana peppers is really not that hard. It’s the most exciting time of growing the plant as all the hard work of keeping an eye on it will now show some results.

Pick the banana peppers when they have a nice green color to them and almost a snap. That will mean they are really ripe and full of both flavor and nutrition. Try and have a plan for using them too when you havrest, Since the flavor will start to diminish the longer you wait with using them.

What To Use The Plant For

There are a number of different ways you could use banana peppers for. We like to use them in chili oils as the flavor you get for the effort put in is remarkable. Chop the chilis finely and then pour warm oil on top. Let this sit and infuse until the next day before using. Now you have your own spicy chili oil, or sweet chili oil if you have that variety.

Propagating Banana Pepper Seedlings

It’s easy to proparage and repot seedlings of the plant. Make sure they are about 7 – 8 inches tall or so before transplanting them into a new container. That way the plant is large enough to fit and fill the new space more efficiently.

Fill the new and larger container with healthy soil and make a small hole in the middle. Plant the seedling in there and fill with soil around it. Tap down gently to make sure the seedling is also stable enough. Water the top soil until it’s slightly damp and leave the plant in a sunny spot.

Pepper Plant
Pepper Plant


In short, growing a banana pepper plant is all about keeping the soil well watered and rich in nutrition. But also balancing that with finding a good and sunny spot where the plant can grow steady. 


Are Banana Peppers Easy To Grow

Banana peppers are definitely one of the easier plants to grow as a beginner. It’s quite rare that you run into issues with diseases or pests. The only real issue would be overwatering perhaps, but even then the banana pepper is quite sturdy and resilient.

How Long Does It Take For A Banana Pepper Plant To Produce

It will take about 5 months from start to finish before you are able to harvest any chilis from the plant. This takes into account the plant has been growing in the perfect environment as well.

How Big Does A Banana Pepper Plant Get

A banana pepper plant can get quite large actually. It’s perhaps one of the larger varieties you can still keep indoors. About 2 – 3 feet tall can be expected at least.

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