UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA


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Assorted Chile Peppers, Rosalie Shepherd
How to grow: Peppers/chiles

Pest management: Pepper cultural tips, pests, and diseases

The Basics

When to plant

  • Transplant: May–June, possibly late April
  • For best results, wait until daytime temperatures are regularly over 75 degrees
  • Start in pots for transplants: February–April; ready to transplant in 8 weeks

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 peppers: Carmen, Corno di Toro (red and yellow), Marconi (red and yellow), Romanian Gogosari

Mild peppers/chiles: NuMex Big Jim, NuMex Suave Orange, Padrón,

Hot peppers/chiles: Aji Amarillo, Habanero, Espelette, Rocoto

Also, see our list of Spring Garden Fair 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.

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