Capsicum annuum (74 days) Open-pollinated. Tom Vigue asserts that this Beauty “germinates with more vigor than any other pepper” and produces a good yield of blocky 3x3" fruits that ripen from purple to green to deep red as they mature. Aptly named, the fruits are incredibly striking in their purple phase. “Year after year it has great flavor and great beauty in all stages,” affirms Vigue. Purple peppers reveal green interiors when sliced, and turn green in their entirety when cooked. “Super early and they’re huge,” says Holli Cederholm. Trialers noted that this organic production was loaded with peppers while the plants from conventionally grown seed were not. Grows 18–20". ①
3723 Purple Beauty - 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.