If all goes well, peppers bear continuously until frost gets 'em. Yield should increase as plant size increases. There is no need to stagger plantings; all you need to do is find enough friends and relatives to give them to if you went overboard on the number of plants. Paul
I've read that peppers are actually a perennial: you can keep one going for years if you bring it indoors during the winter. I am hoping to do that with my hot peppers. The little creatures are so hard to get going I darn well want them to last more than one season!