What would be a good pepper for a 1st time gardener in north ga.to consider?
Depends on the heat you like.
Annuums are about the easiest in general,then frutescens.
A lot of the common Hybrids for Anaheim,Paprika,Pimento,Cayenne and Jalapenos are pretty bullet proof.
Frutescens are usually great producers of smaller pods that have a quick short burst of intense heat.
Baccatums can be big or pot sized plants that put out a lot of med. to hot ,very late ripening pods.
Jalapeno is a great pepper to start with. Many types with variating heat and like smoke said very easy to grow.
I have found orange habs to be easy to grow...They are on the upper end of the heat spectrum. not super hot, but hot.
When should I try to plant jalapenos or orange habs in north ga?
You could plant out right after the last freeze. I think that would be mid march or early April in your parts.
You can purchase these from home depot if you don't want to start from seed.
Yes, Romy6 is correct. I start mine indoors about 3-4 months before I can plant them outside as I have a much shorter growing season than GA. And you can fine Jalopenos and Orange Habs at most garden centers so that makes it real easy. That is what I did my first year. I grew a Hab and a Cayenne from starters from Home Depot.
I would try starting some seeds indoors a month or so before last freeze. If they don't make it, you can always head to Home Depot for starters. Growing from seeds feels a bit more gratifying in my opinion.