Capsicum annuum (90 days) Open-pollinated. The word corona took on unfortunate new meaning this year. Don’t hold it against this healthful green-to-orange sweet bell pepper worth the three month wait to fully ripen, at which point the stunning color is rivaled only by its sweet flavor. The large thick-walled 3½" blocky fruit with 3–5 lobes is easy to harvest and can attain a weight of up to half a pound. Productive, too! Good foliage cover on 4' plants helps to prevent sunscald. TMV resistant. ②
3739 Corona - Organic
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Days to full-color maturity are from transplanting date.
Capsicum comes from the Greek kapto which means ‘bite.’
Culture: Start indoors in March or April. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal range 68-95°. Set out in June. Very tender, will not tolerate frost, dislike wind, will not set fruit in cold or extremely hot temperatures or in drought conditions. Black plastic highly recommended. Row cover improves fruit set in windy spots. Pick first green peppers when they reach full size to increase total yield significantly. Green peppers, though edible, are not ripe. Peppers ripen to red, yellow, orange, etc.
Saving Seed: Saving pepper seed is easy! Remove core of the fully ripe pepper (usually red or orange) and dry on a coffee filter. When dry, rake seeds off the core with a butter knife. To ensure true-to-type seed, grow open- pollinated varieties and separate by 30 feet. Use only the first fruits for seed; allow only 3–4 fruits per plant to grow and remove all others. Fewer fruits = larger seeds = greater seed viability. Later fruits often have germination rates of only 60%.
BLS: Bacterial Leaf Spot
CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
TMV: Tobacco Mosaic Virus
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.