Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum
Days to Maturity: 75 days from transplanting
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 18″–30″ tall, 12″–18″ wide
Variety Information: 4″ long, 3″–3 ½” wide, blocky shape, thick flesh. The immature green pepper is commonly called “green bell.” If left on the plant to mature, it turns to a rich red, commonly referred to as “red bell,” and is sweeter and milder than the green one.
When to Sow Outside: For Mild Climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 55°F. Mild Climates: May be sown in late summer for fall/winter crop.
Days to Emerge: 10–25 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: Start indoors
Row Spacing: 24″–36″
Thinning: Start indoors, plant seedlings 18″–24″ apart outside
Harvesting: Peppers can be harvested green or left on the vine to mature to bright red and very sweet.