Peppers produce fruit of many different flavors and heat levels. From the mild Bell to the heat filled Habanero, peppers can be eaten when they are full size but immature or when they change to their mature color. The range of colors can be found throughout the rainbow, including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, white and brown.
During the warm summer months is the perfect time to plant peppers, since cold temperatures and frost can effect their fruit production. Once frost has hit them, they will drop their fruit and result in an unproductive plant.
HOW TO PLANT
Plant 18 in. to 2 ft. apart in rows approx. 15 in. apart. Hotter peppers will need more space, as they are a more sprawling plant.
Peppers thrive in well-drained soil, but require water during dry periods. Consistent watering is preferred as peppers tend to develop blossom end rot, a rotting, leathery patch at the end of the fruit. While peppers require a more fertile spot than tomatoes, gardeners should avoid over fertilization.