Companion Planting - Knowledgebase Question

West Caldwell, NJ
Question by lennyborows
March 19, 1998
Someone told me that you should not plant peppers near tomatoes, as they are not very good companions and you're peppers won't do as good. I can't find any printed material on this particular match.


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Answer from NGA
March 19, 1998

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Peppers and tomatoes are both members of the Solanaceae family. These crops should be rotated to a new garden area each year, but there's no reason they can't be grown side by side. Peppers and tomatoes have the same cultural requirements; full sunshine, regular water, and elbow room to grow to their full potential. Since both tomatoes and peppers are warm-season crops, they need a long season to develop their fruits. Plant yours as soon as the soil and air temperatures have warmed.

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