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What Varieties of Hot Peppers Should I Grow?

westes Zone 9b California SF Bay
10 days ago
last modified: 10 days ago

I am trying my hand at vegetable gardening in grow bags for the first time this year. I would like to start growing hot peppers, and I want to avoid anything like Habanero that is smoking hot. I would particularly enjoy growing lower-heat peppers like Ancho since I could add a lot of them at once and make use of a productive garden. I will be using 90% of these in cooked beans and lentils. What are the varieties I should consider growing?

What is the best way to buy these: as small plants or from seed? It might be a bit late to start from seed? Will I find most varieties at any nursery, or are these better purchased from a specialty nursery online or from Etsy?

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