Good & Bad Pepper Companion Plants

You want to grow peppers in your garden or on your balcony and also want to know what plants to grow with peppers? Great!

This article is for you since I will show you all the good and bad pepper companion plants in the following chapters.

Why do I need Companion Plants to grow Peppers?

While you can definitely grow peppers without any other plants near them, I would still advise you to use companion planting since it can simply have many positive effects on the growth behavior as well as on the yields of your peppers.

Good companion plants can really help peppers since they can deter pests, attract pollinators, improve soil conditions and also provide shade on hot summer days.

While good companion plants can have those beneficial characteristics, bad companion plants will often do more harm than good for your peppers.

Thus, make sure to have a look at the following tables to figure out all the good pepper companion plants and also to avoid plants that might be harmful to them.

Good Pepper Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
CarrotsLoosen the soil.
BeetsLoosen the soil and make growth project more efficient.
CucumbersProvide some shade.
AsparagusImproves soil conditions.
BasilKeeps away pests and attracts beneficial insects.
MintDeters pests and improves the flavor of peppers.
OreganoKeeps away pests.
MarjoramKeeps away pests.
ParsleyDeters pests and attracts beneficial insects.
RosemaryDeters pests.
ThymeDeters pests and attracts pollinators.
EggplantsImprove soil conditions.
TomatoesAttract pollinators.
ChardImproves soil conditions.
EndiveImproves soil conditions.

Bad Pepper Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
CornTakes away too much sun.
FennelSlows down the growth of peppers.
SunflowersTake away too much sun.
PeasFeed on similar nutrients.
Brassicas (Kale, Cabbage, etc.)Inhibit the growth of peppers.
BeansFeed on similar nutrients.

Best & Worst Pepper Companion Plants – Summary List

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
Swiss ChardFennel

What should you grow with Peppers?

You should grow peppers with basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, oregano, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, parsley, mint, chard, endive and eggplant.

Avoid growing peppers with corn, fennel, brassicas, sunflowers, peas or beans.

If you want to get more information on how to grow peppers in general, make sure to also have a look at my grower’s guide on how to grow peppers from seed to harvest step-by-step.

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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