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Banana Pepper, also known as Yellow Wax Pepper is a member of the chili pepper family.




Image of Banana Pepper plant at Google

The banana pepper which is also known as the yellow wax pepper or banana chili is a member of the chili pepper family. It is a variety of the species Capsicum annuum. These peppers are often pickled and also used in sandwiches as one of the ingredients.

The shape and color of this pepper is that of banana and hence the name, banana pepper. The flovor of this pepper is not very hot. It ranges from 0–500 Scoville units. As the pepper matures, the hotness varies. The riper ones are sweeter than the younger ones. These are typical yellow and also available in orange or red too. These plants can be grown from seed and cuttings.

Growing/Caring conditions for Banana pepper
– Sow seedlings indoors.
– Sow them late spring to early summer.
– The plant requires full sun.
– Sow those eight to ten weeks before the last frost date for your area.
– They are a difficult in germination and seedlings grow slowly at first.
– Provide bottom heat or heat lamps to raise the soil temperature to 80 degrees.
– This will promote better and quicker germination.
– A heated germination mat works well.
– While your seedlings are growing, get your garden ready.
– Add plenty of compost, manure, and a general fertilizer.
– Peppers like hot weather.
– Transplant young seedlings outdoors after the last chance of frost.
– If the weather is still cool, delay transplanting a few days.
– Keep them in a cold frame, indoors.
– Space 18-24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 30 inches apart.
– Mulching around the peppers to keep down weeds, retain moisture, and help to feed the plant.
– As the peppers develop, use a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous and Potassium.
– Providing too much nitrogen will result in a great looking bushy, green plant, but few fruits.
– Peppers can be picked as soon as they reach a size which is edible.
– Continuous harvesting encourages the fruit to produce new flowers.
– Spider mites and aphids are the most common problems.
– An occasional borer insect is also known to attack this plant.
– Try an organic insecticide or dust.
– Fungal infections can be treated with fungicides. Apply treatment as soon as you see it.
– Potential pests include aphids, white flies, cutworms, pepper maggots, and Colorado potato beetles.
– Diseases include Verticillium wilt and mosaic virus.
– Frost will stunt or kill the plants.
– Cold weather can cause the plant to slow down or stunt it.
– Use a hot cap in on cold and frosty spring nights.





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