Height - approx 60cm/ 2ft - Spread up to 60cm/
Time between sowing and harvesting
About 18 weeks
March - April - temperature 16-21C/60-70F
Where to Sow
Indoors in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter filled with
How to Sow
2 seeds per pot - 6mm/1/4-inch deep. Germination takes up to
Remove the weakest seedling
Growing on - in Pots Outdoors
Harden off plants which have been raised indoors and finally
move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed. As the
plants get bigger, pot up into larger pots in stages ending
with one plant per 20cm/8" container or 3 per growbag. Place
in a hot sheltered sunny position.
Growing on - in open ground
As above but plant in beds or borders 45cm/ 18"
Growing on - in greenhouses
Transplant one plant per 20cm/8" container or 3 per growbag.
Mist plants regularly to maintain humidity. Greenhouse
plants tend to grow taller than outdoor raised plants so
support with sturdy canes.
Water regularly, but do not keep the compost very wet.
Limit to 6-10 fruits per plant. Feed with tomato food once
the fruit start to swell each time you water. May need
supporting with canes.
Start picking fruit when they are green once they have
reached the size of a tennis ball and the skin is smooth and
glossy (probably at the beginning of August). This will
ensure continuing new fruit production. A mature pepper will
turn red (or whatever colour) at the end of the season but
remember leaving peppers to fully ripen will halt new fruit
production. Crops over about 8 weeks.
Red Spider Mite
First sign is that the leaves may look pale and mottled.
Particularly in greenhouse grown plants.
1. Wash them off with a hose.
2. Spray them with soft soap.
3. Sprays containing pyrethrum every 5-7 days on the upper and
lower sides of the leaves.
Difficult. Try keeping the atmosphere humid.
Leaves distorted, yellowing and stunted
Organic 1.Spray with soft soap
Use water through a hosepipe to knock the aphids off the plants Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing pyrethrum
Blossom End Rot
Leathery dark patches at bottom of fruit
Do not let the soil or compost dry out. Even watering is
esential especially when using growbags.
If you know aphids are a problem in your area, grow flowers such as
nasturtiums, calendula asters, dahlias, and zinnias nearby (but not
too close) as aphids find them attractive so they act as a lure.
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies". To learn more about companion planting click
In the Kitchen
Storage: Refrigerate in the crisper drawer for up to 6 days
Rinse well in cold water. Cut off the stalk to 1cm/½-inch or remove
completely if required. As the skin is edible, there is no need to peel
unless the recipe specifically requires this. Cut in half lengthways
and remove the seeds and as much of the white pith as possible. If
stuffing, you can just slice off the top (stalk end), remove the seeds
and as much pith as possible and then use the top as a "lid" once the
main body has been filled.
Whole/wedges = 25-45 minutes
Slices = 20-30 minutes - coat with oil and season
Chunks = 15-25 minutes
Slices/chunks/dice 4 - 10 minutes
Slices/chunks = 4- 6 minutes
Slices/chunks 20-30 minutes
- +45 minutes (see individual recipes)
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