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Bell Peppers

Use our zone-based planting guide to know when to plant bell peppers.

Bell Peppers
Plant name Zone Start seeds indoors Start seeds outdoors Plant seedlings/transplants outdoors Plant spacing # plants per person
Bell peppers 3a March 1-15 Not recommended On/around May 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 3b March 1-15 Not recommended On/around May 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 4a March 1-15 Not recommended On/around May 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 4b March 1-15 Not recommended On/around May 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 5a Feb. 1-15 Not recommended On/around April 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 5b Feb. 1-15 Not recommended On/around April 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 6a Feb. 1-15 Not recommended On/around April 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 6b Feb. 1-15 Not recommended On/around April 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 7a Feb. 1-15 Not recommended On/around April 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 7b Feb. 1-15 Not recommended On/around April 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 8a Jan. 1-15 Not recommended On/around March 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 8b Jan. 1-15 Not recommended On/around March 30 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 9a Dec. 1-15 Not recommended On/around March 1 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 9b Dec. 1-15 Not recommended On/around March 1 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 10a Nov. 15-30 Not recommended March 15-April 30; Dec. 1-Jan. 15 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 10b Nov. 15-30 Not recommended March 15-April 30; Dec. 1-Jan. 15 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 11a 8-10 weeks before planting outside Not recommended March 15-April 30; Dec. 1-Jan. 15 18-24 inches 3-5
Bell peppers 11b 8-10 weeks before planting outside Not recommended March 15-April 30; Dec. 1-Jan. 15 18-24 inches 3-5

* In Northern climates, plant outdoors roughly two weeks after the average last frost date.