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Delayed Gratification
For a greater overall pepper yield, remove any blossoms that appear on your young transplants up until the time you set them in the ground. You'll miss out on the earliest fruits, but by letting the plant put its energy into its growth rather than early fruits, you'll get more productive plants later on.
The Look for Late Summer
Most of us grow peppers because they taste so great, but I find them equally useful as an ornamental. If I want to add some edibles to a dooryard plot, I might not pick a sprawling cuke or tomato vine, but I’d pick a few pepper plants, with their healthy green foliage, tidy upright habit and colorful fruits. There they are, quietly green but growing steadily, until all of a sudden the plants are as showy as rosebushes. Though red ones are always my favorites, the yellow ones are gorgeous too. And they appear at a time in the season when many flowering plants have passed their prime--especially herbs whose flowering time is usually spring and early summer. Try some in pots on the terrace, too.
Turn Up the Heat
From start to finish, peppers are a crop that like it hot. Unless your climate is truly steamy, you must start them ahead in a warm spot, on a heat mat if possible, or on top of the refrigerator or kitchen cabinet. Only after warm weather has settled in should you set them out--in the sunniest part of the garden.



Peppers ought to be experienced right off the vine after harvest. Best raised as transplants sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to setting out in full sun after the last spring frost date. They like rich soil and need regular additional fertilizing. They need at least 10 weeks of hot weather to produce well and should be enjoyed soon after harvest. To protect peppers from sunburn, pinch plants to encourage leaf growth. Keep peppers picked to sustain production levels. At the height of harvest, hold a roast. Place picked peppers on a hot grill, turning them until all sides are charred and blistered black. Put them in a paper bag on a tray and close the bag tight so the steam detaches the skins. Once cool, remove the skins, stems, membrane and seeds, and freeze in airtight plastic bags for use through the winter. (See Hot Chile Peppers for Cajun Bell Peppers that earned a spot in the Hot Chile Peppers with a 100 to 1,000 Scoville heat rating.)


Average seed life: 2 years

     
#3505 Romeo Bell Peppers (green/red): 70 days
An elongated European variety, Romeo grows up to 7” long while sweetening and maturing from dark green to radiant red. Its tasty fruits are shiny, smooth, four-lobed and well-formed with substantial crunch. Its leafy, vigorous plants provide good sunburn protection. It sets fruit continuously even in cooler summers. Romeo’s spiciness was made for roasting or grilling. (F1.)

Packet of 15 Seeds / $3.55

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#3515 Diamond Bell Peppers (white): 75 days
Be the first on your block to grow this tawny-alabaster, American-bred beauty. Rarely seen in even the finest of produce markets, its medium-thick fleshed, blocky fruits have a mouth-watering, rich flavor and a sweet, juicy crunch. Borne on sturdy, prolific, 2' high plants, Diamond remains translucent ivory for quite a while before gradually maturing to pale yellow and, finally, scarlet-red. Harvest while lustrous alabaster, and julienne it in combination with green, red, orange and yellow peppers with thinly sliced red onions for a sweet rainbow salad dressed with a citrus vinaigrette. Or, sauté the colorful combination of julienned peppers in a little olive oil until crisp-tender; then, add a bit of your favorite vinegar, lemon zest and a touch of herbs as a tasty and colorful layer over open-faced, grilled eggplant and goat cheese stacked baguettes. (OP.)

Packet of 20 Seeds / $3.35

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#3525 Autumn Bell Peppers: 65-70 days
This new variety is beautiful, productive and delicious. Autumn Bell’s well-leafed compact plant yields scads of three- to four-lobed, thick-walled blocky fruits weighing in at about 12 ounces each or about 4” x 4”. Each fruit starts shiny dark green and matures to brilliant fire engine-red with a sweet flavor and a crisp bite. Widely adaptable, it is also disease-resistant to tomato mosaic virus and phytophthora.(OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.35

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#3535 Orange Sun Bell Peppers (orange): 75-80 days
A beautiful, bright orange, big blocky pepper, Orange Sun is 4” to 5” long, maturing from green to vivid creamsicle-orange. Its erect, sturdy 2’ plants yield a abundant harvest of uniform, three- to four-lobed peppers with thick, crunchy, spicy-sweet flesh. Perfect for grilling, sautéing or roasting, Orange Sun is perfect paired with Blushing, Purple and Red Beauty peppers for a Roasted Rainbow Pepper Salad dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic and salt and pepper. (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.25

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#3545 Banana Sweet Peppers: 60-70 days
AKA Hungarian Wax Sweet, this popular banana-shaped pepper produces scads of 6” by 2” fruit that tapers to blunt points. Its thick, crunchy, sweet, waxy flesh matures from pale green to bright banana-yellow, then to orange-red. Pick it when bright yellow for use raw on sandwiches, salads and crudités or sautéed, fried, stuffed or pickled. (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.15

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#3550 Nathalie Bell Pepper (green): 75 days
A particularly great American hybrid, Nathalie produces dark green, elongated fruits, about 4” by 3” with thick three-lobed walls, on sturdy upright plants growing to 2’ high. This green beauty eventually turns red, but we love its fresh, spicy taste in salads or halved, brushed with olive oil and grilled. Nathalie is eminently suited to Greek salad: combine chunks of green pepper, cucumber (Sweet Slice is perfect), ripe tomatoes and a few rings of sweet onion. Dress with a simple vinaigrette, crumbled feta, Calamata olives and oregano leaves. (F1.)

Packet of 20 Seeds / $3.75

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#3555 Corno di Toro Rosso Pepper (red): 75-85 days
This long, curved pepper was named for a bull’s horn. Corno di Toro has a complex flavor: somewhat sweet, with a touch of heat. An heirloom variety from Italy, Corno is popular with Italian chefs and homemakers alike. Tall, sturdy plants produce lots of attractive 8” to 10” fruit. We offer two colors - Rosso (red) and Giallo (yellow) for your culinary pleasure. This is one versatile pepper: great raw, (in salads or stuffed), terrific grilled with olive oil or at room temperature dressed with capers, anchovies, chopped garlic and tiny Sicilian olives. Corno di Toro Rosso (red) (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.15

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#3557 Corno di Toro Giallo Pepper (yellow): 75-85 days
This long, curved pepper was named for a bull’s horn. Corno di Toro has a complex flavor: somewhat sweet, with a touch of heat. An heirloom variety from Italy, Corno is popular with Italian chefs and homemakers alike. Tall, sturdy plants produce lots of attractive 8” to 10” fruit. We offer two colors - Rosso (red) and Giallo (yellow) for your culinary pleasure. This is one versatile pepper: great raw, (in salads or stuffed), terrific grilled with olive oil or at room temperature dressed with capers, anchovies, chopped garlic and tiny Sicilian olives. Corno di Toro Giallo (yellow) (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.15

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#3560 Pequillo Pimento Peppers: 75-90 days
A prized Basque variety, Pequillo is a piquant pepper that is smaller than a bell pepper, triangular in shape (ending in a point) and pimento-red. Pequillo's savory flavor marries well with seafood, cheese, mushrooms and other vegetables. They make an excellent tapa alone when stuffed or can be added to soups or stews. Coveted by chefs, Pequillo is traditionally roasted over a wood fire until blackened and blistered, placed in a bag for 10 minutes to steam and then peeled and seeded: it acquires a bold flavor that is complex, rich, smoky and spicy-sweet. Pepper heaven. (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.65

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#3565 Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers: 80-90 days
New! This prized Italian heirloom comes from the region of Basilicata as far back as 1887. Perfect for frying, roasting, sautéing with onions and potatoes, or eating raw in salads, Jimmy Nardello is super sweet with notes of apple. Great 24” tall bushes prolifically yield 10” to 12” glossy fruits that ripen from green to red with medium thick flesh. It makes the best roasted Peppers ever. (OP.)

Available for shipping in mid-January 2015.

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.55

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#3570 Purple Beauty Bell Peppers (purple): 70-75 days
Rarely seen, Purple Beauty produces beautiful blocky, 3” by 3” emerald-green peppers that mature to eggplant-purple with thick, crunchy walls. The compact, 18”, disease-resistant plants provide good foliage cover for the tasty, sweet fruit, and produce abundantly on each limb as well as on the crown. These crunchy peppers hold their dazzling purple color even when cooked! (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.35

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#3575 Sweet Chocolate Peppers: 60-70 days
This luscious, juicy sweetie of an elongated pepper is chocolate-brown on the outside and dark red on the inside. It is so delicious that it can be eaten like an apple. Developed by Elwyn Meader at the University of New Hampshire, Sweet Chocolate bears early and prolifically even in cool northern areas. (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.35

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#3576 Chocolate Beauty Bell Peppers: 65-75 days
Chocolate Beauty produces beautiful blocky peppers 3 ½ by 4 inches long on disease resistance 24” to 36” plants. Matures green to luscious brown to red with thick walls and sweet flesh! (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.35

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#3580 Quadrato d'Asti Giallo Bell Peppers: (golden-yellow)75-85 days
Meaning square, these Italian heirlooms are huge, blocky, thick-walled bell peppers with a rich sweet taste that is enhanced when roasted, grilled or baked with a savory stuffing. Producing tall sturdy plants, Quadrato yields big beautiful golden-yellow bells up to 4 ½” by 6” big. (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.25

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#3585 Quadrato d'Asti Rosso Bell Peppers: (candy apple-red)75-85 days
Meaning square, these Italian heirlooms are huge, blocky, thick-walled bell peppers with a rich sweet taste that is enhanced when roasted, grilled or baked with a savory stuffing. Producing tall sturdy plants, Quadrato yields big beautiful candy apple-red bells up to 4 ½” by 6” big. (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.25

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#3590 Cubanelle Sweet Peppers: 62-70 days
AKA Cubanella Sweet Fryers, Pimento del Pais or the Country Pepper, this productive Cuban native yields plentiful 3-lobed fruit that is up to 6” by 2 ½” with rounded, blunt ends. Its irregular wrinkled and waxy flesh matures from pale yellow-green to red but do pick when yellow-green. Plants grow about 2’ tall and are very productive. Versatile Cubanelle is popular for it’s sweet, fruity, medium-thick flesh~perfect for frying, roasting or in sauces. (OP.)

Packet of 30 Seeds / $3.15

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#9110 Rainbow Bell Pepper Garden
Our complete Rainbow Pepper Garden has all the colors of the rainbow.
  • Romeo Pepper green-red (about 15 seeds)
  • Quadrato d'Asti Giallo Pepper yellow (about 30 seeds)
  • Quadrato d'Asti Rosso Pepper red (about 12 seeds)
  • Orange Sun Pepper orange (about 30 seeds)
  • Autumn Bell Pepper green-red (about 30 seeds)
  • Diamond Pepper white (about 20 seeds)
  • Purple Beauty Pepper purple (about 30 seeds)

    Packet of 157 Seeds / $20.95

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