How Many Peppers Per Plant? Let's Count Popular Types (2022)

Planting peppers is a time-consuming, but rewarding process. Watching your peppers grow to produce the highest yield possible brings a sense of fulfillment that all the hard work was completely worth it. Of course, knowing if your pepper yield is good, bad, or somewhere in-between is an open question. So, how many peppers per plant can you count on?

With all the different pepper types in the market, it is impossible to have the same yield with every plant during harvesting. The number of fruits produced depends on the type of pepper planted, watering schedule, temperature and time to plant, and pollination success, among other factors. That said, the following is a guide on a general number of peppers per plant among the some of the most common types. We look at both the amount of fruits on a plant at any given time, as well as the potential overall seasonal yield if your growing and picking is fully optimized.

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Table of Contents

  • Expected peppers per plant (at a time and per season)
    • Bell Pepper
    • Banana Pepper
    • Poblano Pepper
    • Anaheim Pepper
    • Jalapeño Pepper
    • Serrano Pepper
    • Cayenne Pepper
    • Thai Pepper
    • Habanero Pepper
    • Ghost Pepper
    • 7-Pot Pepper
    • Scorpion Pepper
    • Carolina Reaper
  • How can you increase your peppers per plant?
  • Reasons why your pepper plant is not producing

Expected peppers per plant (at a time and per season)

Bell Pepper

A bell pepper is one of the biggest fruits among pepper variants. Generally, peppers with larger fruits often tend to produce lower yields than the smaller ones. Therefore, on average, a healthy large bell pepper will produce 2 to 4 fruits per plant at any time and 8 to 10 bells in a season.

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Banana Pepper

With proper growing conditions and maintenance, one banana pepper plant can produce between 25 and 50 pods, eventually becoming peppers. Over the course of the season, that’s 100 to 150 banana peppers if picked optimally for yield.

Poblano Pepper

A poblano pepper can grow up to 5 feet tall and so wide that you may need to tie its branches to prevent them from breaking. On average, a poblano plant in a typical container or garden (2 feet tall) will yield 4 to 8 chilies per plant at any given time and up to 20 to 40 per season. But a poblano pepper plant allowed to grow to full size (5+ feet) can produce upwards of 145 peppers in a season.

Anaheim Pepper

Anaheim pepper is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.5 feet tall and produce peppers continuously for three years or so. Due to their large size, there are roughly 4 to 8 peppers per plant at any time, and you will harvest around 20-40 Anaheim peppers per plant in a season.

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Jalapeño Pepper

The jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper that can grow up to three inches once mature. A jalapeño plant will produce between 25 and 35 chilies at a time, and if picked when green, one jalapeño plant can yield 100 chilies over a season. If you prefer mature red jalapeños, that yield lessens as each jalapeño needs more time on the vine prior to picking.

Serrano Pepper

Serrano peppers are similar to jalapeños in size, but the plants can grow up to 5 feet tall. Each serrano plant produces between 30 and 50 peppers at a time, and over a season a serrano plant can yield upwards of 100 to 150 chilies. Again, it’s highly dependent on whether you’re picking when green or red, among other factors.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne is a chili pepper plant that originates from South America and can grow to heights between 2 and 5 feet. Since most use cayenne peppers when red, the yield suffers compared to other chilies on this list, but it’s still quite a haul. On average, a healthy cayenne plant produces between 30 and 80 ripe red cayenne peppers over the course of a season.

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Thai Pepper

Thai peppers are tiny, between 2 and 3 inches. So, Thai pepper plants can hold up to 40 to 75 chili pods at any one time. This is a chili that’s often picked when red, so the yield over a season can be slightly diminished. It’s still a big producer, though. Over the course of a season, if picked optimally for yield, expect anywhere from 100 to 150 total chilies.

Habanero Pepper

A habanero plant usually grows tall and can reach up to 36 inches. Since habanero peppers are small in size, you will get higher yields than bell and Anaheim peppers. Expect the habanero pepper to have 30 to 40 chilies per plant at any given time. Expect between 80 to 90 habaneros per plant per season.

Ghost Pepper

Ghost peppers have a longer growing period than many chili peppers, so their seasonal cycle can be one round less than many other chilies. A healthy ghost pepper plant can yield 40 to 50 ghost chilies per plant at any one time, and up to 80 to 100 ghost peppers over a season.

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7-Pot Pepper

The Trinidad 7 Pot pepper plant has strikingly huge leaves and grows between 2 and 4 feet high. It’s also a slow grower and the chilies are typically picked when ripe. The 7 hot pepper plant produces up to 40 to 50 chilies at a time. Over a season, expect a yield of 80 to 100 total 7-pot peppers.

Scorpion Pepper

A mature scorpion plant grows up to 4 feet tall. Expect an average-sized scorpion pepper plant to yield 30 to 40 chilies at any one time, and 60 to 80 over a season (as they are picked when at a full red ripeness.) If it’s a larger plant, the amounts can range up quite a bit.

Carolina Reaper

Known as the hottest pepper in the world, Carolina Reaper will need utmost care during planting and harvesting. With the right growing conditions and proper care, a mature Carolina reaper will produce between 20 and 30 chilies per plant at any one time. Over a season, expect a yield of 50 to 70 chilies.

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How can you increase your peppers per plant?

Nothing can be more frustrating than waiting all season for your peppers only to end up with 3 or 4 sickly-looking chilies. If you’ve been there before, you could try these four simple steps to greatly boost your pepper production in the future.

  • Start planting your peppers indoors: Depending on your location, begin planting your peppers indoors 6-8 weeks before frost. This gives your plants the longer growing season they require for multiple harvests in a season and enables them to mature fully and produce outdoors.
  • Use appropriate soil for pepper planting: Growing healthy pepper plants begins with a healthy environment. If you want to start indoor planting before transferring your plant outside, you will need two different soils, one to start the seedlings and another for transplanting.
  • Keeping the peppers in their ideal temperatures: Peppers tend to do well in warmer temperatures ranging between 70 and 80°F. Extremely cold or hot temperatures will reduce pepper yield due to stress.
  • Mulching: Mulching the bases of pepper plants leaves them moist and protected, while improving their overall health. Once your plants start transitioning from flowering to fruiting, add some compost as fertilizers.

Reasons why your pepper plant is not producing

There can be many reasons why you’re not seeing great pepper yields, and it could be a mash-up of a few that are causing the issue. Here are the most common reasons to consider if your not seeing the peppers per plant that you’d prefer.

  • Weather: Peppers are warm-season vegetables and require 70-80°F during the day and 60-70°F at night. Cool or hot temperatures will retard their growth, resulting in failure to produce fruits or flowers.
  • Sun: Pepper plants require a longer growing season with not less than six hours of full sun.
  • Inadequate nutrition: Pepper plants need more calcium and phosphorus to produce fruits.
  • Blossom end rot: This occurs as a black or brown rot at the lower end of the pepper fruit. It is usually caused by calcium deficiency and happens when night temperatures are higher than 75°F. The rot eventually results in the loss of the peppers.
  • Over-fertilization: Too much fertilizer may kill the plant.

UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 19, 2022 to include new content.

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FAQs

How many peppers do you get from one plant? ›

Expect 5-10 large bell peppers per well-grown plant, and 20-50 hot peppers per plant.

How many peppers does the average pepper plant produce? ›

The number of fruits each plant produces is highly dependent on the conditions of the plant. Plants exposed to stress from temperature, inconsistent watering, pest damage, or disease will not produce as many peppers. On average, standard bells produce 6-8 peppers per plant.

How many times will a pepper plant produce? ›

A bell pepper plant can produce 6 to 8 fruits in a growing season. Hot pepper plants produce smaller fruit in larger numbers (I have seen dozens of hot peppers on a single plant). With excellent care (enough space between plants, good nutrition, proper watering, etc.), a pepper plant will produce even more fruit.

How many red sweet peppers does a plant produce? ›

A good balance is established when 5 to 6 plants consistently maintain fruit on all stems – 10 to 12 fruit per plant.

How many peppers should I plant for a family of 4? ›

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Crop (number of plants per ft. of row)Number of plants per person
Melon (1 plant/6 ft. of row)1-2 plants
Onion (4 sets/ft. of row)12-20 sets
Peas (6 plants/ft. of row)15-20 plants
Pepper (1 plant/ft. of row)3-5 plants
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Does picking peppers make more grow? ›

Does picking peppers make more grow? Yes, picking peppers off your pepper plants will keep them producing more pods. We also like to pinch off the first blossoms on pepper seedlings to ensure that they put more energy into growing so they produce more pods later.

What pepper plants produce the most? ›

Of all of the superhot pepper varieties we have grown, ghost peppers are by far the least troublesome, and the most productive.

How many years will a pepper plant produce? ›

Production usually drops off after 5 or 6 years or so, but they can live a couple decades and beyond.

How many months will pepper plants produce? ›

Peppers have a long growing season (60 to 90 days), so most home gardeners buy starter pepper plants at the garden nursery rather than grow them from seed. However, you can start pepper seeds indoors if you want to grow your own.

Should I prune my pepper plants? ›

By pruning pepper plants to remove yellowing, spotted, or rotten leaves on a weekly basis goes a long way toward limiting fungal diseases common to peppers. You should also trim off any leaves or branches in direct contact with the soil, even if they are higher up on the plants and arch down to touch the soil.

What are the easiest peppers to grow? ›

2) What are the easiest peppers to grow? If you don't want to wait too long for germination, Capsicum Annuum are probably the easiest to grow. These include jalapeños, serranos, cayennes, Thai peppers, Anaheim, Hatch, poblano, many ornamentals and more.

Will pepper plants produce a second year? ›

Peppers of all types are grown as annuals by most gardeners: sown, grown, picked, then condemned to the compost heap at the end of the season. Yet these hard-working plants are perennials that, given the right conditions, will happily overwinter to next year.

How many times can you harvest sweet peppers? ›

Bell pepper is harvested two times each year – summer (June 9 – July 30) and fall (September 18 November 8). The horticultural, harvest and packing processes are virtually the same regardless of the season.

How many pepper plants can you put in a 5 gallon bucket? ›

How many Pepper Plants per Container? We usually plant one pepper plant in each 5 gallon pot, but if you have larger pots you can plant 2-3 peppers depending on the size of the container. It also depends on the variety, some peppers are smaller in size than others.

Can I plant 3 pepper plants together? ›

Planting Peppers Close Together

It is fine to plant sweet and hot peppers close together, even intermingled in a raised bed or in the same row in your garden. If you are growing peppers in containers, you do not need to move the sweet and hot peppers apart.

How many peppers should I plant for a family of 3? ›

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VegetableAmount Per Person
Peppers, Bell3-5 plants
Peppers, Chili1-3 plants
Potato5-10 plants
Radishes10-25 plants
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How many peppers grow in a 4x4 raised bed? ›

It is suggested that you plant pepper plants about 18 to 24 inches apart from each other in a 4 × 4 raised bed, which means that you can fit anywhere from six to nine plants comfortably and probably more if you want to.

Should you water pepper plants everyday? ›

As a general rule, pepper plants should be watered about once per week and allowed to thoroughly drain. However, this frequency can vary significantly based on the temperature, wind, and the size of the plant and its growing container. During a heat wave, you may need to water your potted peppers every day!

Whats the best fertilizer for peppers? ›

While the best pepper plant fertilizer depends on soil condition and the gardener's preference, the top performer is Pepper & Herb Fertilizer 11-11-40 Plus Micro Nutrients. This fertilizer is formulated to provide a balanced ratio of nutrients essential for pepper plants.

What peppers are most profitable? ›

The highest yields were produced by Bentley, Felicitas and Orangela, all classified as High-Tech Greenhouse Peppers by Johnny's Select Seeds. For total weight of marketable fruit, Orange Blaze, a small-fruited type, produced significantly lower yields than both Bentley and Felicita.

What is the most popular type of pepper? ›

10 Most Popular Peppers in the World
  • Hot Pepper. Guindilla Pepper. Basque Country. ...
  • Piment d'Espelette. Espelette. France. ...
  • Aji Amarillo. PERU. shutterstock. ...
  • Chile de Árbol. MEXICO. Diógenes el Filósofo (CC BY-SA 3.0) ...
  • Poblano Pepper. Puebla. Mexico. ...
  • Ghost Pepper. North-Eastern India. India. ...
  • Ancho Chile Pepper. Puebla. Mexico. ...
  • Chipotle. MEXICO.
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What is the fastest growing pepper plant? ›

Of all the super hot peppers, two of our fastest growing is the Yellow Carolina Reaper and the original Red Carolina Reaper. These super hot peppers both matures starting around 90 days with the right conditions, which is faster than other super hots which can typically range from 100-120+ days to produce ripe pods.

Will pepper come back every year? ›

Peppers of all types are grown as annuals by most gardeners: sown, grown, picked, then condemned to the compost heap at the end of the season. Yet these hard-working plants are perennials that, given the right conditions, will happily overwinter to next year.

Do pepper plants stop producing? ›

Bell peppers will stop producing and even drop blooms when the weather is hot, in the 90s, but healthy plants will produce vigorously once the nights cool down in late summer. Keep your plants healthy and be patient.

Do pepper plants last year after year? ›

However, all peppers – that is sweet peppers and chilli peppers – are perennials, capable of living for several years. Peppers come from the tropics where there is no winter period.

Why is my pepper plant flowering but not producing fruit? ›

Why are my pepper plants blooming but not setting fruit? Peppers (especially bell peppers) are sensitive to high and low temperatures during bloom. Pollination and fruit set typically don't occur when daytime temperatures rise above 85 F or when nighttime temperatures drop below 60 F.

How many hours a day do pepper plants need? ›

From seedling to full-grown plants, peppers need strong light to grow best. If you don't provide grow lights indoors, plants can become tall and leggy instead of low and strong. The same is true for outdoor plants. In short, peppers should be planted in a location that receives 6-12 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Does Epsom salt help pepper plants? ›

Like tomatoes, peppers are prone to magnesium deficiency. Epsom salt can be used just as efficiently with pepper plants as with tomato plants.

Should I pinch off pepper flowers? ›

Pinching Pepper Flowers

Rather than focusing all of its energy on growing fruit right away, removing the first few flower buds will redirect the young plant to continue to grow bigger in size first – so it can produce more peppers later in life!

How often should I water pepper plants? ›

We recommend watering after the soil has dried somewhat. During the longest hottest days of summer, that may be every day. During cooler weather and during spring and fall you may only need to water them every 2-3 days. The best bet is to feel the top layer of soil to see if it's moist, if it is, wait before watering.

Are my pepper plants too close together? ›

For most varieties, pepper plants should be spaced at 12-18″ (30-46 cm) between plants. Larger varieties can be given slightly more space, but will usually not need more than 18 inches. This spacing will prevent the plants from competing for space both above and below ground.

How tall should pepper plants be? ›

Bell pepper plants, as well as other types of sweet peppers, typically grow taller than hot peppers like jalapeño and serrano. Most bell varieties grow up to 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall and 15 to 18 inches wide. Because of the mature plant size my bell pepper plant spacing is 18 inches apart, stem to stem.

What is the best companion plant for peppers? ›

Dill, fennel, cilantro, and other members of the carrot family. Flowering herbs in the carrot family are exceptional companion plants for peppers. Their umbrella-shaped clusters of tiny flowers are ideal for supporting a broad array of predators of aphids, hornworms, bud worms, and other pepper pests.

Do peppers grow better in pots or ground? ›

Bell Peppers in Pots

Bell peppers can grow into large plants, so it's best to plant them in large pots. Your pot should be at least 12 inches deep and wide and have plenty of drainage holes.

What type of soil do peppers prefer? ›

Bell peppers prefer a rich soil that's more sandy or loamy, which keeps your ground conditions well-drained and warm. Bell peppers also like a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.8.

How many gallons does a pepper plant need to grow? ›

Generally, pepper plants need between 3-5 gallons of growing medium to produce a healthy yield. However, this varies based on the type of pepper. For smaller pepper varieties, like habanero or ghost peppers, your pots should be at least 3 gallons.

Can you keep bell pepper plants over winter? ›

Q: Can a pepper plant survive the winter? A: Yes, but they must be protected if you live in an area that experiences frost or freezing conditions. Overwintering peppers indoors is a great way to start your next growing season with healthy, mature plants.

How many peppers can I get from one plant? ›

Expect 5-10 large bell peppers per well-grown plant, and 20-50 hot peppers per plant. Storage: Peppers don't stay fresh and crunchy for more than a few days, even in the refrigerator, so use them while they are in season.

How much will one pepper plant yield? ›

Generally, peppers with larger fruits often tend to produce lower yields than the smaller ones. Therefore, on average, a healthy large bell pepper will produce 2 to 4 fruits per plant at any time and 8 to 10 bells in a season.

How many peppers should I plant for a family of 5? ›

Planting a vegetable garden for a family
Crop (number of plants per ft. of row)Number of plants per person
Pepper (1 plant/ft. of row)3-5 plants
Potato (1 plant/ft. of row)10 plants
Radish (thin to 12 plants/ft. of row)10-15 plants
Spinach (Thin to 6 plants/ft. of row)30-60 plants
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How many peppers can I grow in a 10 gallon bag? ›

A container that is at least 12 inches across is ideal for growing peppers and should allow your pepper plant to grow large with lots of delicious peppers for your family to enjoy. You can grow two to three nice peppers together in a 10-gallon bucket.

How many pepper plants can you plant in a 10 gallon grow bag? ›

A 7 gallon grow bag can keep two pepper plants happy. A 10 gallon grow bag can definitely take on more plants, like three or four, depending on the variety.

How many times can you harvest bell peppers? ›

Bell pepper is harvested two times each year – summer (June 9 – July 30) and fall (September 18 November 8). The horticultural, harvest and packing processes are virtually the same regardless of the season. The first step of the pepper process is proper land preparation.

How much does 1 bell pepper yield? ›

One medium sweet pepper equals ½ cup chopped. One large sweet pepper equals 1 cup chopped. Three large or five medium sweet peppers (1 pound) equals 3 to 4 cups chopped.

Can you plant two pepper plants in a 5 gallon bucket? ›

How many Pepper Plants per Container? We usually plant one pepper plant in each 5 gallon pot, but if you have larger pots you can plant 2-3 peppers depending on the size of the container. It also depends on the variety, some peppers are smaller in size than others.

Can you plant 2 different pepper plants together? ›

Yes two peppers can be planted together – in fact, planting peppers with other peppers will still produce very successful harvests. However, since they are self-pollinating you don't necessarily need more than one plant if you're short of space. Peppers can also be planted with chilli jalapeño peppers.

Can you put 2 pepper plants together? ›

PLANT TWO PEPPER SEEDLINGS PER CONTAINER

Peppers will grow well just by themselves, but they're more productive if you plant two of them together. I started these peppers separately in jiffy pots, then grouped them together when it was time to move them to bigger pots.

How many years can a bell pepper plant survive? ›

These include Bell Peppers, sweet/Italian Peppers, Serrano, Cayenne, Paprika, Hatch Chile Peppers, ornamental peppers like the gorgeous NuMex Twilight pepper, and all of the fast growing Jalapeños. These pepper plants can live between 1.5-3 years.

How do you yield a lot of peppers? ›

Maximizing Yield When Growing Pepper Plants
  1. Maximize the growing season. ...
  2. Pinch flower buds when plants are small. ...
  3. Pick peppers soon after they ripen. ...
  4. If fertilizing, reduce nitrogen level once plant begins to flower. ...
  5. Overwinter your favorite plants.

Should pepper plants be watered every day? ›

We recommend watering after the soil has dried somewhat. During the longest hottest days of summer, that may be every day. During cooler weather and during spring and fall you may only need to water them every 2-3 days. The best bet is to feel the top layer of soil to see if it's moist, if it is, wait before watering.

Should I cut leaves off my pepper plants? ›

By pruning pepper plants to remove yellowing, spotted, or rotten leaves on a weekly basis goes a long way toward limiting fungal diseases common to peppers. You should also trim off any leaves or branches in direct contact with the soil, even if they are higher up on the plants and arch down to touch the soil.

Can you keep a pepper plant alive forever? ›

Keep the peppers in your garden.

As long as it doesn't frost, the plant should survive. This is an option if you live in a warmer climate that only gets mildly cold in the winter months.

Can you make money selling pepper plants? ›

Selling Tomato and Pepper Seedlings from Home

The first thing I started selling, was extra tomato and pepper seedlings. They are some of the most profitable plants to grow and sell from home in my opinion.

How much money can you make selling peppers? ›

Hot Pepper seedlings sell for anywhere from $5-15, depending on your geography. The individual peppers can sell from $3-7 each, and each plant can yield 50-100 pods depending on the type.

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