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Pepper, Sweet, Candy Apple Hybrid

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We are sweet on this glorious bell pepper and its sweet, mild flesh.

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Early-maturing, large 5" fruits are deep red and sugary sweet in just 71 days. A flavor-rich pepper that excels in salads, as snacks, and when roasted, baked or sauteed. Exclusive.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

71 days

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

4-5 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.

28 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

28 inches


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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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    First Date: Feb-22 - Last Date: Mar-07
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30

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 after the 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
71 days
Fruit Size
4-5 inches
Full Sun
28 inches
28 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
8-12 weeks BLF
28 inches
Pepper, Sweet, Candy Apple Hybrid is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't Work for Me I ordered one plant to try this variety but it hardly grew at all from the time I got it until now, and never produced any flowers or peppers at all. It's still alive, but pretty useless. I will probably try this at least once more some other time, because there are so many variables that can affect growth. At this time I can't recommend it but obviously others have had great success with it.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More production than we could handle. I made my yearly Burpee order back in the winter and decided to give these a go. I was intrigued by the name, and we only eat sweet peppers in our house and we had tried most of the other varieties Burpee offers. I always plant 2 cups of whatever variety that I plant, and I do 3 seeds per cup just to ensure that at least one germinates. Out of the 6 Candy Apple seeds that were planted, all 6 came up.. and did so within 4 days. That's 1-2 weeks ahead of every other pepper variety planted. I thinned down to one plant per cup, and both of them grew like wildfire. One of the cups fell off my my shelf and broke the plant, so I was determined to make due with the one that i had left. I planted in a large pot in my deck, and by June, I had the largest pepper plant that I've ever seen in my entire life. The plant reached a total height of 5 foot, 2 inches... it was almost as tall as me. Neighbors were coming over to look at how tall this plant actually was.. the picture that I've included of the plant does NOT do it justice. It's one of those things that you'd have to see for yourself. It's currently mid August and we've harvested 37 LARGE bell peppers from the plant, and there are currently around 15-20 more on the plant at medium size at the moment. The peppers are bigger than your average supermarket style bell pepper, and like the name implies, they're candy sweet. And I do mean candy sweet.. it's almost like each individual pepper was infused with sugar. They reach this gorgeous neon red color that's not in the same ballpark ad your average "red" pepper. This one plant outproduced 8 other varieties COMBINED. I've never had peppers like these before. They're the sweetest things I've ever eaten, the production is crazy... we've been having to give them away. The plant is still flowering, it's crazy to think about how much more production we're going to get before the cold kills the plant off in a couple of months or so. If you haven't tried these, PLEASE give them a try if you want massive production and cotton candy level sweetness. Thank you Burpee for this amazing pepper.. I will officially always grow this and it's probably going to be the only pepper I'll grow every year. I've experimented a lot and I've finally found the real deal.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK, but not impressed I bought three plants, received them the first week of May, hardened them off for a week before planting, and had blossoms by May 31st. I pinched the blossoms off to encourage the plants to put their energy into growth since they were a scrawny 7" tall with only 4-5 leaves each, but they didn't get the memo. They didn't bloom again until the first week of July but they also didn't grow any more either, just bushed out a bit. They got a dose of slow release organic fertilizer twice during the growing season but it didn't help at all. I wound up with a scant 2 lb of peppers total between all three plants over the entire growing season, and my single largest pepper was 7.8 oz. Most were the size of a half dollar coin. The taste was great, but I'm pretty disappointed overall. I might try again raising my own seeds, but the plants weren't worth the money.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stlll eating A good year for my peppers and they are still on the vine.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great taste the peppers are just as you described. I have been enjoying an abundance of peppers ..What I do not use I cut them up and freeze for later. Yum
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and crunchy Nice stout healthy plants. These were very productive and very delicious. We got loads of them from two plants. As usual my Burpee seeds all came up and grew very well from start to finish. I was still harvesting in late november.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult to germinate, not prolific I grew these during the 2016 season. The germination rate was a low 40% compared to the 80%+ germination I got on my other peppers. The plants did not produce a lot of fruit. The fruit did taste and look good.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The fruits showed some kind of disease I had three plants and all three showed the same disease - large brown areas on the peppers and peppers that were very small and stunted. They weren't even edible because of the large areas of brown rot. I was very surprised since the times when I ordered plants from Burpee instead of starting them from seeds, I have always gotten top notch products. Obviously, these peppers caught some kind of disease. It may not have been Burpee's fault as we started the season with heavy spring rains.
Date published: 2015-09-17
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