Pest management: Pepper cultural tips, pests, and diseases
When to plant: Mid to late April–June. For best results, wait until nighttime temperatures are consistently warm.
Harvest window: Pick pods at the right color for each variety. Some are best eaten green, others have more flavor when pods are red, orange or yellow.
Care overview: Growing Great Peppers and Chiles
Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
Sweet pepper: Apple, Corno di Toro (red and yellow), Karma, Italia, Lipstick, Marconi (red and yellow), Nardello, Orange Sun, Topepo Rosso
Hot pepper: Aji Cristal, Aji Amarillo, Habanero (Orange, Chocolate), Pimiento de Padrón, Piment d’Espelette, Rocoto, Suave Orange
Also, see our list of Spring Garden Market pepper varieties.
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.