In years past, I've grown Jalapeno peppers, Bell peppers, Habanero peppers, and mild Banana peppers. Banana peppers are easy to grow, and produce well, but for me they are basically tasteless. I don't plan on growing them again. Jalapenos grow well, produce well, but I am the only one in my family who will eat them. I currently have some jalapeno plants about four feet tall loaded with peppers. I only grow the Habaneros because the plant is so pretty and the orange fruit is very attractive. They look like miniature Christmas trees with pretty ornaments hanging on. I will eat them as a seasoning in food, but I have to prepare my food separate from other folks food. I grow sweet Bell peppers because all of my family will eat them.
I plan on only growing Bell peppers next year and not wasting space on veggies no one wants. In the past, I bought Bell pepper seedlings from different vendors. The most common variety is "California Wonder". For me, it has been a mediocre grower and producer with a limited number of small fruit per plant. Last year, I accidentally bought a seedling of a different variety which grew three times as large as the California Wonder, produced heavily, and the fruit were larger than the grocery store peppers. I don't know what the variety was but I want to find out before I plant next spring. If anyone is familiar with a Bell pepper that grows and produces that way, let me know. I will buy some seed and germinate it myself. I thought the same thing last fall and bought a couple of varieties to germinate myself. Both varieties were touted as huge producers of huge fruit but I wasn't able to get them to germinate in starter kits sitting right next to tomatoes which were doing very well. Needless to say, all the conditions were the same. I think the vendor sent me bad seed. I never complain and simply chalk bad experiences to a learning experiencing which was well worth the cost. Any one have some good ideas of varieties to plant. Please don't say "California Wonder" I am convinced the only way I can grow California Wonder is with a drip IV of nutrients attached to each plant. They definitely don't hold up to the heat well in my garden in Texas. They probably are a wonder in California. I also know either the California Wonder was a four lobed fruit and the other was three, or the other was four and the wonder was three.