Banana Pepper 'Sweet Banana'

Capsicum annuum

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Homosassa, Florida

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

Buffalo, New York

Akron, Ohio

Howard, Ohio

Sylvania, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cross, South Carolina

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

Alexandria, Virginia

Bluefield, Virginia

Boston, Virginia

Centreville, Virginia

Chester, Virginia

Crozet, Virginia

Bluefield, West Virginia

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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!!


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)


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.


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.


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.