Good & Bad Bell Pepper Companion Plants

You want to grow bell peppers at home but don’t know what to plant with your bell peppers? Good news!

I will show you the best and worst bell pepper companion plants in this article so that you can better decide what plants you want to grow with bell peppers and what plants you should avoid planting near bell peppers at all costs.

Why do I need Companion Plants for growing Bell Peppers?

You may ask yourself why companion planting can be beneficial for your bell peppers.

While you could also plant bell peppers without any other plants near them, good companion plants can attract pollinators, serve as a ground cover, keep away pests and can have many additional positive effects on the overall growth behavior of your peppers.

While good companion plants can have those positive effects, bad companion plants may do more harm than good to your bell peppers since they can attract pests and other unwanted things.

Hence, make sure to check out the following tables to get a better idea of what to grow with bell peppers and why.

Good Bell Pepper Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
RadishLoosen the soil.
SquashProvides some shade.
PumpkinsProvide shade.
CucumbersKeep away pests.
CarrotsLoosen the soil.
LettuceGround cover to keep the soil moist.
ChardGround cover to keep the soil moist.
EggplantsReduce weed growth.
TomatoesKeep away nematodes.
SpinachGround cover to keep the soil moist.
ParsleyKeeps away aphids.
BasilKeeps away thrips and other pests.
RosemaryCan improve the flavor of bell peppers.
MarjoramCan improve the flavor of bell peppers.
ChivesKeeps away pests.
NasturtiumsAttract pollinators.
PetuniasAttract pollinators.
MarigoldsAttract pollinators.
DillAttracts beneficial insects and pollinators.

Bad Bell Pepper Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
ApricotsCan lead to fungal diseases.
CornTakes away too much sunlight.
FennelInhibits the growth of bell peppers.
BeansAttract pests.
KaleTakes away nutrients from the soil.
BroccoliFeed on similar nutrients.
KohlrabiTakes away nutrients from the soil.
CabbageFeed on similar nutrients.
CauliflowersFeed on similar nutrients.

Best & Worst Bell Pepper Companion Plants – Summary List

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
ChivesCorn
MarjoramFennel
RosemaryApricot
NasturtiumsKohlrabis
MarigoldsCabbage
PetuniasBroccoli
DillCauliflowers
BasilKale
ParsleyBeans
Chard
Eggplants
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Carrots
Spinach
Cucumbers
Pumpkin
Radish
Squash

What should you plant with Bell Peppers?

Good companion plants for bell peppers are carrots, spinach, dill, rosemary, marjoram, basil, cucumbers, radishes, squash, pumpkins, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplants, parsley, chard, chives, petunias, marigolds and nasturtiums.

Prepare the soil!

You should not plant bell peppers with kale, cauliflowers, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, apricots, fennel or corn.

Now that you know what to plant with bell peppers, you may also want to have a look at my bell pepper’s grower’s guide to get a step-by-step approach on how to grow bell peppers from seed to harvest!

About the Author

My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.

In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.

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