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PlantFiles: Banana Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Sweet Banana'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Banana
Additional cultivar information: (aka Yellow Banana)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Sweet (0 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (more than 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Yellow changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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10 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive donnyczech On Sep 2, 2013, donnyczech from Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:

Great plant that is tall, healthy and prolific. Easy to grow and tastes good also. I will grow several every year that I am able.

Positive DonShirer On Aug 29, 2013, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

I agree this plant is very productive. One plant furnished several peppers a week over a 6+ week harvest. Mine turned from yellow to a soft red-orange tint that added to the color range in salads and stir-fries.

Positive JeremyandBea On Jan 22, 2011, JeremyandBea from Fresno, CA wrote:

We enjoyed growing this pepper. It wasn't hot but did add to the taste and color for a mild salsa. Each plant gave many peppers and it will be among the peppers again in our garden this year.

Positive Derek_1 On May 13, 2010, Derek_1 from Honolulu, HI wrote:

Very easy to grow. I have one plant and i cant get it to stop producing! Just bought a canner (just started getting into growing peppers) and am about to start pickling them...anyone got any good recipes?

Positive WillowWasp On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This was my grandmothers favorite for canning and using like pickles. I don't really like the taste but it is a great addition to the garden.

Positive Trackbrat On Apr 8, 2009, Trackbrat from Port St. Lucie, FL wrote:

I started my Sweet Banana seeds indoors on January 23 2008. I "thought" the frost over the winter may have killed them. (Went out of town for a few weeks and the weather turned to ice) Just as I went to tear them out of the pots they were in, I noticed that there were leaves growing from the root! I cut back the dead part of the plant and now I have blooms along with a few baby peppers growing for the second year!!

Positive dda1974 On Mar 2, 2008, dda1974 from Bonaire, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

These are good when yellow, awesome when red. I planted seeds directly outside in a container in early June. By September I was already tired of peppers they grew so well-they were still going strong in October too !!!!! (and I have a brown thumb)

Positive mommoboys On Feb 4, 2006, mommoboys from West Chester, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grow many of these every year from seed....starting indoors in February (I'm in 6) We love these and I de-hydrate them for use all year 'round.

Positive admodeva On Nov 22, 2005, admodeva from Dutton, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

These grow extremely well and are very productive in our garden, we like to grow these every year. We eat them plain or put in salads, very tasty.

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 5, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An open pollinated yellow banana pepper developed by Corneli Seed Co, from a mutation. Fruit are 7 inches long by 1.5 inches thick. They start out yellow and turn bright red upon ripening. Grows well here.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Dutton, Alabama
Tuscumbia, Alabama
Chandler, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Hercules, California
Oceanside, California
Walsenburg, Colorado
Westbrook, Connecticut
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Live Oak, Florida
Miami, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Bonaire, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Honolulu, Hawaii
Pukalani, Hawaii
Franklin, Kentucky
Deridder, Louisiana
Gretna, Louisiana
Jeanerette, Louisiana
La Place, Louisiana
Poland, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Fort George G Meade, Maryland
Valley Lee, Maryland
Bark River, Michigan
Lake City, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Forsyth, Missouri
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Akron, Ohio
Howard, Ohio
Sylvania, Ohio
West Chester, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jonesville, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Clarksville, Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Freeport, Texas
Houston, Texas
Hutto, Texas
Markham, Texas
Plano, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Bountiful, Utah
Bluefield, Virginia
Boston, Virginia
Centreville, Virginia
Chester, Virginia
Crozet, Virginia
Bluefield, West Virginia
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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