Gold Rush Banana Pepper is a high-yielding, hybrid variety of the popular Hungarian-style sweet pepper. Gold Rush produces large plants that are loaded with fruits. As a result, they will require significant support and frequent harvesting. Fruits can get as large as 7″ long and are typically around 1 1/2″ in diameter. They initially have a light yellow color which matures to a beautiful orange, and will eventually turn bright red if left on the vine long enough. This banana pepper variety has thick walls which makes it ideal for processing or pickling. Pickled banana peppers are a great addition to any salad or sandwich. When cooked fresh, they also provide a nice complement to any fajita pepper medley.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Gold Rush Banana Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 60
Disease Resistance: Bacterial Leaf Spot