Capsicum annuum (75 days) Open-pollinated. As dazzling as the name suggests! Not bell-shaped, but belongs in this sweet category with its crisp colorful compatriots. Short plants produce a profusion of early pointed 4" fruits that start out chartreuse, streak purple, then turn more fully purple with red streaking, before ripening solid red. This color medley is at play on the plants, so you can harvest a stunning sparkling assortment. The Fedco fan club loved Sparkle, ohhing and ahhing at the glittering display on our trial table. Customers have been less enthralled—last chance on this variety before we drop it.①
3732 Violet Sparkle - Organic
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Elongated Picklers, Fryers & Roasters
About 110–210 seeds/g.
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.