Pest management: Pepper cultural tips, pests, and diseases
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
- How to Stake Pepper Plants [1:59]
- 17 Chile Varieties You Can Grow [7:20]
- You can grow Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chiles [5:09]
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 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.