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Pepper, Sweet, Tangerine Dream

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The look is hot but the flavor is not!

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Yes, it's a gorgeous little bush studded all over with shiny red-orange rockets-too pretty to hide away among rows of vegetables. But it's very tasty too, with a hint of heat. The 3" fruit are sweet and delicious, either pickled or on salad platters. Height 18". Harvest about 70 days after plants are set out in the garden. Grows best in full sun.
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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.

70 days

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

3 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 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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Container Vegetables - Tomato, Pepper & Eggplant
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Planting and Growing Peppers
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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 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 a 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
70 days
Fruit Size
3 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
18 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
8-12 weeks BLF
24 inches
Life Cycle
Pepper, Sweet, Tangerine Dream is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Tasty Little Pepper! This is a highly decorative little (18-20 inch) plant; although mine was in my raised bed vegetable garden, I could see this in a flower bed or border as well. I got quite a few 3", pointed peppers though not as many as in the picture; some I harvested green and some went all the way to a gorgeous bright orange. In either case, they had a very definite sweet pepper flavor. The only drawback I found was that they are rather thin-walled, as compared to the California Wonder, I very much recommend this variety; they are way more prolific than California Wonder.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful plant, great color. Ordered one plant this year. It stayed about 1 1/2 feet tall, with about 10 peppers at a time. Started turning tangerine around August 1st. Love them raw in salads, add great color and a mild bite. Also, we use them fried with poblanos in omelets, they add color and a milder taste. Will definitely order again.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, tasty, prolific, and HARDY These peppers grew well from the seeds that I ordered. They survived the Georgia heat in containers on my deck, in full sun. The only problem I had was that the deer came up ONTO my deck to eat the plants all the way back to the stalks. But that didn't even phase these plants; they came back strong, grew lots of beautiful sweet little peppers, and are STILL producing now, the day before Halloween, even with nights getting into the 40s. All I've noticed is that now they're taking a bit longer to turn orange. All that, and they're pretty enough to plant as an ornamental. That's one helluva plant you got there, Burpee.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty, but flavor lacking These were indeed pretty orange peppers, but the taste was slightly bitter and closer to a green pepper. I was looking for a ripe pepper taste. Also, the slight spiciness interfered with the flavor in my opinion. But, if you like green peppers this might be a good choice for you. Mine did not turn orange until mid September which is too late for me.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tastes Great and Looks Great too! When it arrived, I planted this pepper, along with a banana pepper in a 22 inch pot on my deck. This pepper has been bug and disease free and has produced dozens of peppers. It is still producing at the end of August! the banana pepper is also producing but nothing like this one. Because the pot is on my deck, I did not want a plant that was too tall. This one is a little over 2 feet and looks great! Will definitely purchase again next year!
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific, dependable producer Under my growing conditions, (12" deep garden box), these peppers are less than a foot tall yet produce copious numbers of bright orange peppers on just a few branches. Heavy production was variable in my experience, but even plants that haven't set loads of peppers at once still produce steadily. These peppers have no heat and a mild, pleasant flavor. My peppers ranged in size 2-3". The photos below show one 10" plant with 23 ripe peppers, and a few more still ripening. If you love mild, colorful peppers, I can't see how this plant wouldn't be a great addition to your garden.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent plant! I started seeds indoors but also ordered 3 plants 'just in case' because I really wanted this pepper. I needn't have bothered with the plants; every seed germinated and I ended up giving plants away, plus tucked some into every nook and cranny I could find in my garden. The seedlings I started quickly caught up to the plants. All of them started blooming when they were tiny - maybe 6" tall. They bloom prolifically and make a lot of peppers! This is a gorgeous, self-supporting little bush. Even if you don't care for peppers, it could be a nice ornamental. Not bothered by pests or disease. I love the taste, it is like the specialty little multicolored sweet peppers you see in stores, but better. we like to cut them in half, smear a dab of cream cheese and some feta inside, then lay them on the grill for a few minutes. Delicious!
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST Pepper. I started growing this pepper in 2010, and it has since become a staple in my yearly garden. All of the plants are consistently healthy, fast growers, and heavy producers. My favorite use for these peppers are to fry them in stir-fry. It adds a fantastic, unique flavor that any other pepper couldn't compete with. I will always grow this pepper, words cannot describe how fantastic it is. I have to plant TONS every year because my family loves them as much, if not more than i do. Everyone raves to me about them, and i always direct them to Burpee. My ONLY complaint is that i have noticed that the seeds to this pepper have a very tough time germinating, and i have to use special care with them, and make special arrangements for them that i wouldn't have to do with any other vegetable. They ALWAYS end up sprouting though, it just takes them a little bit longer. For example i plant them on March 1st and they don't end up sprouting until mid-April. However, i am okay with this because of how good the pepper actually is. I hope that Burpee never decides to rid this one.
Date published: 2014-04-22
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