How to Grow Peppers

Planting advice for how to grow peppers, recommended varieties and pepper recipes.

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Capsicum annuum

From crisp, colorful bell peppers to molten-lava-in-your-mouth jalapenos, these low-calorie veggies add color and zest to recipes. Plus, bells are chock-full of vitamins A, C and K, and chilies contain capsaicin, which fights inflammations and arthritis pain.

Hardiness: Grown as an annual.

Planting advice: Set transplants 18 to 24 inches apart. Water consistently and uniformly.

Harvest tips: Ready to pick in 65 to 75 days for bell peppers and 70 to 85 days for chili peppers. Harvest bell peppers of all varieties at any size; look for firm fruit that breaks away easily. They can be picked when green, or when they change color. Harvest hot peppers when they turn red.

Recommendations: Bell Boy, Cayenne, Jalapeno, Purple Belle, Sweet Banana.

Source: Birds & Blooms "Grow Veggies for Less"