Lola Banana Pepper is a hybrid banana pepper variety that’s widely-adapted and has an excellent disease-resistance package. Lola grows well in all planting zones with a warm growing season. It is resistant to bacterial spot and tomato spotted wilt virus which makes it a winner in hot and humid climates. Large plants produce heavy-yields of large fruits. The vigorous plants provide an extensive foliage cover that prevents peppers from being sunburned. Fruits are smooth, straight and firm with thick walls. Fruits will initially have a light yellow color and mature to an orange-red. Lola Banana Pepper has a sweet flavor and is great for slicing and eating fresh, or pickling and saving for later.
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.
Lola 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: 70
Disease Resistance: Bacterial Spot, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus