Pepper Red Bell - McKenzie Seeds
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- Open Pollinated
- Delicious rich-sweet taste
- Adds color to fresh vegetable and dip platters
- 7 to 14 days to germination
- 95 to 110 days to maturity
- Companion Planting: Basil, Tomato, rhubarb, eggplant, Lettuce, Asparagus, Parsley, Silver Beet, Spinach
Red Bell Peppers produce beautiful bell-shaped fruit with coloring from medium green to red. Large 8 x 10 cm (3" x 4") peppers are a colorful addition to salads, stir-fries, casseroles, or fresh vegetable trays. * after transplanting to garden.
300mg. (Approx. 35-40 seeds)
Start seeds indoors 8 weeks before planting outdoors. Keep seeds moist in full sunlight. Transplant when 3 inches tall. Or, sow directly in the garden in a sunny location after the danger of frost is past. Plant 2 seeds every 18 inches. Thin or transplant to 1 plant every 18 inches when 3 inches tall. Use a balanced fertilizer when 6 inches tall to increase production.
Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4")
Planting Spacing: 45 cm (18")
Row Spacing: 60 cm (24")
Peppers need a warm soil and night temperature to prosper. Location should be sheltered from the wind and soil should be kept reasonably moist. Be sure to harden off the seedlings to reduce transplant stress.
Planting Instructions: Peppers are generally classified in two categories – either hot or sweet.
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Once all danger of frost has passed transplant into the garden. Young seedlings need to be hardened off prior to transplanting.
Peppers prefer warm sunny area of the garden. They are also an excellent selection for container gardening.
Sow seeds 6 mm (1/4″) deep and 5 cm (2″) apart. Plants should be spaced 45 cm (18″) apart with rows spaced 60 cm (24″) apart.
Seeds germinate in approximately 7-14 days.
Make sure plants do not dry out. Consistent moisture throughout the growing season will provide the best harvesting results.
Harvesting and Storage
All peppers start off green and will change to their mature color as they are allowed to ripen on the plant.
Peppers can be picked when green which will increase the number of peppers produced from the plant or they can be left on the plant to ripen to their mature color.
Size and color give you the best clues when to harvest hot and sweet peppers. Often the decision of when to harvest is influenced by the intended use of a particular pepper. Depending on what the ultimate use will be, the optimum time to pick will vary considerably.
When harvesting, gently remove peppers from the plant. If they don’t come away from the plant easily use a knife to remove the pepper so the plant remains undamaged.
Once peppers begin to turn color, they progress quickly so should be monitored carefully. Once they reach their final color, peppers deteriorate very fast and should be picked right away.
Hot peppers are typically green in early maturity but quickly turn colors including yellow, orange, purple and red depending on the variety as they ripen. Although they can be picked when green, their heat and flavor increases as they are allowed to mature and ripen to colors. Yields are smaller for hot peppers.
Sweet Bell Pepper varieties can be harvested and eaten when firm and full size but still green. Flavor and vitamin C content improves as they ripen on the plant. The less green you see, the sweeter the taste.
To Freeze Sweet Bell Peppers
- Wash and core peppers. Chop, dice or slice according to how you plan to use them.
- Spread in a single layer on a tray of a cookie sheet. Place tray in the freezer for an hour or longer.
- Loosen pepper pieces from the tray and pour into zip closure freezer bags. Immediately place sealed bags in the freezer. The pepper pieces will remain separated for ease of measuring. Simply remove as many as you need, reseal the bag and return to the freezer.