While many pepper plants are perennial (flower and fruit year after year) in their native environment, most garden peppers are grown as annuals (replaced every year). Peppers are part of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and datura.
Peppers, especially hot pepper plants with their colorful fruits, are ideal for spot planting around a garden, providing contrast in flowerbeds, or brightening a container garden. When growing peppers in beds, avoid planting the peppers where other members of the nightshade family have been previously planted as they are subject to similar diseases. To prevent cross-pollination, hot pepper plants should not be planted near sweet or bell pepper plants.
Some pepper planting pointers are:
- When buying pepper plants choose those that are sturdy with deep green leaves and without fruit or blossoms.
- Choose a location in your garden, patio or home that receives morning sun.
- While full sun and heat are good for peppers, too much can damage the fruit. Protect from the intense afternoon sun with taller plants (or beans on a trellis), by planting them in a block no more than 1