Capsicum annuum (72 days) F-1 hybrid. Those of us who still “feel the Bern” now know that the political revolution is going to take a lot longer to mature than the pepper Revolution. Not at all hot, this fancy quality sweet bell pepper allows CR to have a red September and Donna, a zone farther north, a red October. Juicy and delicious, it boasts the stoutest square walls imaginable. Superb yields of “nice hefty thick-walled fruits,” says Maine farmer Jason Kafka, some in excess of l lb. Customer Elaine Carlson relates, “I finally had success growing good sweet peppers 12–14 oz each thanks to Kafka’s recommendation. No more thin-walled peppers for me.” Expensive seed. Resists BLS, tolerant to CMV. ⑤
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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.