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Pepper- Sweet Chocolate
Certified Organic Pepper- Sweet Chocolate
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Certified Organic
Price: $4.00 3" pot
Seed Source: Johnny's Seeds
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Rich chocolate brown pepper. Remarkable earliness, tolerance of cool nights, and a heavy set. Smooth, medium-small, tapered, "snub nose" (blunt end) bells with long fruit stems. Very mild flavor, medium thick flesh. The flesh under the skin is brick red. Days to maturity: 58 (green), 78 (brown ripe)

Peppers love warm weather. For best pepper harvests:

Growing conditions
  • Fertile, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6-6.8
  • Transplant when daytime temperatures reach 70°F and night time temperatures are above 55°F
  • Average spacing: 12-18" between plants in rows 36-48" apart
  • Harvest when fruits are full grown, but still firm and crisp
  • Harvest colored varieties when desired color develops
  • Snap fruits off by hand being careful not to break branches or damage plants.
  • Harvest frequently to maintain production
  • Store at 45-50°F and 90-95% relative humidity
  • Do not store below 42°F
Pest and Disease Prevention
  • Avoid overhead irrigation
  • Practice crop rotations with all Solanceae species
  • Use floating row covers to prevent insect damage, but remove prior to flowering or in hot weather
  • Increase plant spacing in areas with high disease pressure
  • Ensure adequate calcium and avoid wide fluctuations in moisture to prevent blossom end rot
  • Isolate hot and sweet peppers to prevent cross pollination which can result in heat in sweet varieties
  • Hotter growing conditions increase heat in chile peppers.
More information: Cornell University Vegetable Growing Guides

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