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Pepper, Sweet, Carnival Blend

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Five different, colorful bell peppers for the price of one.

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When you plant a packet, some will turn out gold or orange and others will be red, purple or ivory. Most start out green and are tasty as soon as they reach full size; a few weeks later, their full ripe color will show. These are all classic big bell hybrids: California Wonder, Diamond, Golden California Wonder, Orange Sun and Purple Beauty.
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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.

Sweet Mix Bell

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.

3-4 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

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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
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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 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.
Sweet Mix Bell
Days To Maturity
70 days
Fruit Size
3-4 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
8-12 weeks BLF
24 inches
Pepper, Sweet, Carnival Blend is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not much variety I planted these expecting to see a variety of red, yellow, green, etc. colors. What I got were purple and green and fruits were on the small side. Standard green peppers in the same bed were much larger.
Date published: 2019-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. I bought a packet at english gardens back in early spring, my girlfriend planted the entire packet in 1 pot thinking it would grow one plant. SMH. She's learning. Anyway, i gave about 5 plants away and transplanted the rest. Around 30 plants total popped for us. Mine were neglected for a couple weeks, but they've all just started producing little peppers. Im happy with the outcome so far.
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not germinating! I’ve read about peppers, dreamed about peppers, spent money on pepper seeds, followed all directions, checked on them daily and STILL not a single pepper has germinated. I’ve just set up another tray with the last few and a different seed stating mix, but so far I’m very disappointed.
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great peppers I bought a packet last year from a garden center and only used some of the seeds. Had a great germination rate. I used some of the leftover seeds this year, soaked them in saltpetre and had another great germination rate. Only problem is that one of those plants turned out to be a jalapeño plant. I mentioned it to my coworker who also gardens and said the same thing happened to her father who surprisingly bought the same packet also last year at the same garden center company but the one that was closer to where he lives. Now I’m left wondering if the rest of the seeds from this packet are a mix of bell peppers and jalapeños as I am planning on using the rest next year. Also I had given half the plants I grew this year to another former coworker so I’m not sure if his were all bell peppers or if he ended up with the same problem.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No issues growing, but NO "carnival colors" I planted 36 seeds (12 mounds with three seeds each). out of those at least two germinated and grew to full plants. I thinned them down to 1 plant per mound. Maybe it was just bad luck of the draw... but every single one is green. They're good producers though. Every plant currently has 7+ peppers on it. I haven't picked any yet, so I can't speak on the taste... but it looks like I have plain, old green peppers on my hand. I'll try again next year because I really want those purple and white ones!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far I only see purple on one plant This is the first year trying these. I have about 5 plants, but I only one plant is showing all purple, the others are still green. Not sure if they will change. They took a long time to germinate. I planted them late, but there is still enough time to see if they change (it's Sept 8). I haven't tasted them yet. I'm waiting for them to get a little larger. They are a little smaller than average size pepper so far. They look healthy. I also planted Burpee Orange and those are still green. Hopefully they will all change color soon. I'd like to roast and can some of them. It would be a nice change from the traditional red roasted. (Also growing red, yellow, and green. Roasting and canning different colors would be interesting.)
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool idea, multi-colored; but... Now that I see the problem is the germination are very common with these I don't feel as bad. Planted these a little later in the season but indoors water them daily with warm water but they took a little longer than expected to germinate. Got about 65%-70% success in general with the one pack (though at first it was about 50%). Even though I follow directions for the depth some of the seeds did not come up. So I uncovered them and pulled them out gently noticing the seed was trying to sprout but probably wasn't getting enough light, so I brought them up and covered them lightly just under the surface and had about three or four more come up from that. Haven't had any development on my plants yet, it's about that time though so I'll keep a look out for them. Hoping to get some purple and white but I'm noting a lot of people usually get mostly one color rather than a good variety. Cool idea, but I could get better production with a typical bell pepper and get more success. for many people this food is to feed their families, not just for some novelty, so maybe work on perfecting the product before charging so much for them.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No sprouts on girt try or second. I see there are a few reviews for this packet that had the same issues. I really wish Burpee could put a trouble shooting section in here because living in Texas, I am as "deep south" as you can get and my peppers will not grow. Conversely, the heirloom tomatoes I bought from Burpee are growing exceedingly well!
Date published: 2017-04-13
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