(60 days) F-1 hybrid. A cinch to grow in the North. Though I am by no means a pepper pro, I counted 54 full-size and 12 baby peppers on my 11 plants on Sept. 8, 2014— illustrating its potential in a good pepper year. Resists blossom drop even in adverse weather so that almost every flower produces. Fruits thin-walled, not blocky, turn red early, good for the home garden. New Ace is an improvement on the old strain, producing fewer misshapen pointy peppers, but still not a majority of classic blocky 4-lobed commercial peppers. From Ohio, Janine Welsby responds, “Don’t damn them with faint praise! Still the only pepper that consistently ripens gorgeous red bells for us. Maybe they are kind of misshapen but the taste makes up for it.” ⑤
3701 Takii’s New Ace
For all peppers, days to full-color maturity are from transplanting date.
~160 seeds/g. Capsicum comes from the Greek kapto which means ‘bite.’
Culture: Very tender, will not tolerate frost, dislike wind, will not set fruit in cold or extremely hot temperatures or in drought conditions. Start indoors in March or April. Set out in June. 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.
Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal range 68-95°.
BLS: Bacterial Leaf Spot
CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
TMV: Tobacco Mosaic Virus
Seed-saving tips: 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%.