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Pepper, Sweet Big Dipper

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Large four lobed blocky fruits.

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Big Dipper produces large, standard, blocky fruits, 4 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in., mostly four lobed. Fruits are crisp, juicy and have an outstanding flavor.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

73 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

4 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

  • Only home gardeners who enjoy long growing seasons in the Deep South should attempt to sow pepper seeds directly in the vegetable garden. Most of us must start our own pepper plants indoors about 8-10 weeks before transplanting, which should be done 2-3 weeks after the expected last frost.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • To get an early start with your pepper plants, particularly in the North, cover the prepared bed with a dark colored polyethylene mulch at least a week before transplanting. This will heat the soil beneath and provide a better growing condition for young pepper plants. The mulch will also help the soil retain moisture throughout the season as the pepper plants grow.
  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Peppers should be set 18 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 2-3 feet inches apart.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Peppers may also be planted in containers. Use a container at least 18-24 inches wide and deep and use a commercial potting mix rather than garden soil.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for peppers as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2" of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Note that hot peppers tend to be hotter when they have less water and fertilizer. If they receive plenty of water and fertilizer they may be more mild than expected.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Try planting pepper plants near tomatoes, parsley, basil, and carrots in your home vegetable garden. Don't plant them near fennel or kohlrabi. Peppers are very colorful when in full fruit and combine well with green herbs, okra, beans and cucumber fences in the garden bed.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Like cucumbers and summer squash, peppers are usually harvested at an immature stage. The traditional bell pepper, for example, is harvested green, even though most varieties will mature red, orange, or yellow. Peppers may be harvested at any stage, but their flavor doesn’t fully develop until maturity. Fully ripe peppers in multi-colors are delightful in the garden as well as in salads.
  • Cut the fruit from the plant with a sharp knife or pruners leaving a small part of the stem attached.
  • Sweet bell, pimento and cherry peppers are delicious eaten green but are sweeter and higher in vitamins if allowed to turn bright red before harvest. Some varieties are yellow at maturity or may mature from green through yellow and red.
  • Hot peppers may be harvested at any stage. Anaheim is usually picked green and cayenne types red.
  • Bell peppers may be chopped and quick frozen for use in many recipes; sweet cherry and banana peppers and hot cherry peppers are perfect for pickling.
  • A popular and trouble-free way to store hot peppers is to dry them. String mature red peppers by piercing the stem with a needle and heavy thread. Hang the string in a warm, dry, airy place (not in the sun!) to dry. They can make a colorful kitchen accent. Pull a pepper from the string when you need one. Hot peppers remain hot even after they are dried. Remember that in recipes a little hot pepper can go a long way.
  • Please note that hot peppers can burn sensitive skin on contact and fumes from grinding or cooking them can irritate the lungs and eyes. When working with hot peppers use rubber gloves and wash your hands before touching your face or eyes.
Days To Maturity
73 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12 inches
Height
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
8-12 weeks BLF
Thin
24 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Pepper, Sweet Big Dipper is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This one's a keeper Didn't see this one in last spring's catalog so we went with the California Wonder, but we'll be going back to this one next spring if it's available. Had great luck germinating Big Dippers, they grew very nicely and we got a heavy yield. I only have a small garden, but this is the only pepper we've ever grown which gives us more than we can use. No idea why, but it has been pretty reliable.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Okay germination. These guys didn't get that big. Of course, we also had a wet, cool summer. But overall I found this variety underwhelming.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dipper is a winner Had no trouble getting my seed to germinate. I know some peppers are slow to pop up, but this was not. Planted six Big Dipper seeds this year and all six sprouted in my plastic seed tray in about 7 days. Similar success last year. Produced a little later than California Wonder, but fruit were larger and had a slightly better taste. Not as high yielding as California Wonder, but close. Between Big Dipper and Crispy, I have found some great stuffers!
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pepper This pepper was an excellent size and had excellent taste. The plant was also the perfect size - not too big or not too small. The seeds were quick to germinate for me and the plants performed well in the garden.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Big Dipper/ Little Producer Big Dipper was tried twice... 30 seeds apiece and only one seed came up !!! probably the single worst Burpee seed packs I have ever bought... so save your money on this one ... must have been hot harvested or left too long in the sun to dry by the seed collectors ... these two packs of seeds are not indicative of the other Burpee seeds which I consider the best in the business... still, Big Dipper was a big dud !!!
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Excellent taste and yield. Totally agree with OrganicMan these things take a long time to germinate, it would be nice to buy in plant form. Took full 4 months+ from seed to first pick. (Keep in mind that I direct sow) After they started producing though....WOW! Very hardy plants too. After a deer attack left me with nothing but short stumps sticking out of the ground they recovered within a few weeks and kept producing.
Date published: 2010-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bell Peppers! I wish they would sell these Bell Peppers as plants instead of seeds, because they do take awhile to get going from seeds. But if you are patient and get through the gestation process, you will be rewarded with great and abundant big bell peppers with a great flavor! Great for stuffed peppers and coming from the deep south where the holy culinary trinity is usually bell pepper, celery and onion (with garlic added as well depending on the dish), these rank up there with some of best bells I've ever had! Well worth growing!
Date published: 2009-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good pepper This is a very good pepper all around. Fertilize well because the only draw back is if it takes to long to get a good sized fruit the can get bitter not so much raw but cooked. Plenty of light and good soil and you will be very happy.
Date published: 2008-03-22
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