Pepper


QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE

1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial shade.

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - An annual that is not winter hardy and will die off at the end of the season. 

3. Planting Distance - 2 to 3 feet apart in ground. 

4. Mature Height/Spread - 18 inches to 21/2 feet tall with a similar spread, possibly more compact if grown in a container.

5. Bloom Time - Spring to summer.

6. Planting Instructions - As indicated below.

 

For container planting: Fill the container with soil to within 4 inches of the top. Dig a hole in soil to insert the lower part of the root ball.  Remove plastic containers and loosen up roots that have encircled the growing pot.  Place the plant in the hole and back fill to original soil line.  Water well and if necessary, adjust the plant so that it is upright. Add additional soil to bring level back up to original soil line. Never insert the plant lower than the original top of the soil ball.

For in-ground planting: Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant was grown. Please note that many of our pots are biodegradable. If your plant is not in a traditional plastic pot then you may place the entire biodegradable pot in the ground; otherwise, gently remove the root ball from the pot. Partially backfill the hole with soil and place the plant into the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground surrounding the hole. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deeply. If it is, raise the plant carefully and refirm the soil. Water thoroughly. 

VARIETIES 

'Pompeii' Pepper - Plant 12 inches apart in-ground.  Grows 8 to 10 inches tall with a similar spread.

'Tangerine  Dream' - This beautiful plant makes lots of tasty, red/orange, 3 inch peppers that look hot but have just a hint of heat. Will grow 18 inches tall and spread 12 inches. Only 70 days to harvest.

'Lemon Dream' Sport of 'Tangerine Dream', this one has lemony yellow peppers, 3 inch peppers that have a mild sweet taste.

'Bountiful Harvests™ 3N1'  - Red, yellow and orange peppers in one container will grow to 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. In this trio of sweet peppers, you'll get 'Orange You Sweet', 'Right on Red' and 'Yes to Yellow'. All 3 are great for stuffing, baking, canning, pickling, use in salads and salsas, or eating fresh. Can be used as a container plant in a 12 inch or larger container, or planted directly into the ground. Fruit production up to 4 months!

SOIL PREPARATION

 

Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office.  These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance.  See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:

1.  Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.

2.  To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.

3.  After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.

CONTINUING CARE

Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground.  Do not allow plants in containers to dry out.  In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat.  You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e. in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).

Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.

Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.

Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables.

Winterizing - These plants are annuals and will not survive freezing temperatures.  They should be discarded at the end of the season.

 

CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.