Grow 10  Bell  Pepper Companion Plants  

Bell peppers are difficult to grow. Fighting pests and pathogens makes ripening tough. Good interplanting with herbs, flowers, and other vegetables can increase bell pepper growth and harvests while reducing problems. Try our favorite bell pepper companion plants and avoid others.  

1. Basil

Basil and bell peppers grow well together due to their similar growth patterns and temperatures. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) likes heat and sun like peppers. At 12" distant, its bushy growth won't shade or threaten your pepper plants.  

2. Scallion

Scallions, or green onions, are a popular garnish that grows quickly in the yard. Pepper buddies repel five-spotted hawk moths, which lay tomato hornworm larvae on all tomato crops, with sulfurous allium chemicals.  

3. Cilantro/Coriander

The salsa mainstay improves the garden. Even though cilantro leaves resist pests, peppers go well with it after it flowers.White umbel blossoms attract hoverflies, ladybugs, and parasitic wasps. Cilantro increases yield and controls pests.   

4. Parsley

Italian parsley has flat, curled leaves. The cilantro-scented leaves repel pests, but the blossoms are the highlight. Parsley attracts wasps and hoverflies. Pepper plant aphids, thrips, and other pests are eaten by these insects.  

5. Nasturtium

Aphids are suppressed by rainbow morning glory flowers. Their airborne chemical repels insects, protecting them and other garden plants. Many hoverflies, ladybugs, and parasitic wasps protect potato leaf from ravenous bugs.  

6. Oregano

Spicy, fragrant oregano confuses pests and keeps them away from peppers. Lacewings, whose larvae may consume 1,000 aphids each day, feed on pastel pink and white oregano blooms, which make beautiful ground covers and bordering ornamentals.  

7. Dill

It improves pickled peppers and cucumbers. The pungent smell of this carrot-family herb repels all pests. Baby dill plants benefit most crops, but their huge umbel blossoms start the party. They draw local and distant pollinators and predators.  

8. Marjoram

Italian spices employ marjoram, an underappreciated herb. Piney or citrus odors deter flies, thrips, and aphids. Although less pungent than oregano, it flowers as much to attract pollinators and beneficial predators.   

9. Chamomile

Weed tansy decreases potato and Japanese beetle pest pressure. This herb is anti-parasitic for humans and animals and creates a pollinator-friendly landscape. Tansy thrives in barren soil. Ensure local non-invasiveness.   

10. Sweet Alyssum

It complements most garden crops and is a workhorse. A low shrub, sweet alyssums attract pollinators and beneficial insects with their nectar-rich flowers. Ladybugs, parasitic wasps, lacewings, and hoverflies reduce aphid infestations on this bloom.  

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