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As popular as the tomato in home gardens, peppers should not be transplanted to the garden as early. Pepper transplants may be placed in the garden after night temperatures are reliably 50°F or above; plants subjected to cold nights often become stunted, reducing pepper production. A temperature range of 60°F to 80°F provides the best growth and fruiting. Site plants in full sun (minimum 4 hours) and in soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.8. Space 2 to 3 feet apart. Support is usually needed to prevent fruit laden plants from toppling under their own weight or in a strong wind.
Notations in our listing about the number of days, indicate approximate time from transplanting to first harvest. Green peppers are immature fruits that ripen in an array of colors, but most commonly red or yellow. Plants are available beginning in late April.
Sweet Pepper.'Shishito Mellow Star'. 60 days to green, 80 days to red. Thin-walled fruit are heavily wrinkled; 3 1/2 to 4 inches long. Popular in Japan where its thin walls make it particularly suitable for tempura. Also very good in stir fries or sautÚs. In Asia, fruits are cooked when green but they also may be used red. Thinly sliced, the red fruits are excellent in salads or cole slaw. Large, upright plants produce good yields over an extended harvest period
Sweet Pepper.'Alma Paprika'. 70-80 days. Ripens from cream-white to orange to red. Thick walled, cherry-type fruit. Excellent for drying and grinding.
Sweet Pepper.'Antohi Romanian'. 53 days. Romanians typically fry this heirloom pepper in a hot skillet in order to fully experience the sweet, full flavor. Plants produce lots of yellow 4 inch tapered fruits that eventually ripen red.
Sweet Pepper.'Big Bertha'. 70 days. A giant in the sweet pepper pantheon, this hybrid has fruits as large as 7 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. Young green peppers mature red on plants that are easily 3 feet high. Fruit is mostly 4-lobed, making it good for stuffing.
Sweet Pepper.'Blushing Beauty Hybrid'. 72 days. Hybrid. Sweet, blocky 4 inch fruit ripen ivory to gold to orange to red. All color stages on the plant at the same time. All-America Selections winner for 2000! Fruit is almost never green.
Sweet Pepper.'California Wonder'. 75 days. Bell-type. Blocky, 4 inch green fruits with thick walls ripen red. Plant may need support. A good pepper for stuffing.
Sweet Pepper.'Chocolate Beauty'. 67 days to green; 87 days to chocolate. Four-lobed, medium-large sweet bell variety. Plants are disease resistant and provide prolific yields. The rich mahogany color on mature fruits turns green when cooked.
Sweet Pepper.'Corno Di Toro, Red'. 68 days. Italian bull's horn. Delicious in salads but more often grilled or sauteed. Long, 8-10 inch, curved, green fruit. We have two varieties; one ripens brilliant red, the other, yellow. Prolific tall plants.
Sweet Pepper.'Corno Di Toro, Yellow'. Italian bull's horn. Long, 8-10 inch, green fruit ripens brilliant orange-yellow. Delicious in salads but more often grilled or sauteed. Prolific tall plants.
Sweet Pepper.'Cubanelle'. 68 days to first lime-green fruit. Large, smoothly tapered with slightly blunt ends. Thin skinned peppers are 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Matures red.
Sweet Pepper.'Early Sunsation'. 70 days to first green fruit, 84 days to yellow. Big, blocky bell pepper reach about 4 1/2 inches long and nearly as wide. Fruit is smooth and consistently well shaped. Extra sweet when fully yellow.
Sweet Pepper.'Fat 'n' Sassy/King Arthur'. 65 days. Large, heavy, blocky, fruit matures green to red and has excellent sweet flavor. One of the best green to red bell peppers for home gardeners.
Sweet Pepper.'Giant Aconcagua'. 75 days. A pepper with flavor as sweet as apples. Oblong fruit grow up to a huge 12 inches long (ours didn't get quite so large) and is produced in great abundance. Delicious in salads, stuffed, stir-fried or roasted and peeled. Can be enjoyed at the light green stage, but is sweetest when fully ripened to red.
Sweet Pepper.'Gourmet'. 65 Days. Large, blocky fruits ripen orange. Strong compact plants produce plentiful colorful peppers. In the supermarket, these fruit easily sell for $4.00-$5.00 a pound.
Sweet Pepper.'Islander'. 56 days to first green fruit. Mild, lightly sweet taste. Medium sized bell ripens through a showy stage of violet, yellow, and orange streaks, eventually turning a rich, very dark red. Good yield.
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