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Pepper, Sweet, Yummy

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As sweet as an apple.

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Cook's Garden Favorite. These bright orange mini-bells are as sweet as apples. Loads of elongated, 3 inch fruit mature quickly on upright plants, providing plenty for eating out of hand and more for quick salads and stuffed appetizers. Our pick for sweet, full flavor and crisp, juicy texture. They also make delicious pickled peppers.
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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.

44-64 days

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

2 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.

12-24 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-24 inches

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Container Vegetables - Tomato, Pepper & Eggplant
Container Vegetables - Tomato, Pepper & Eggplant
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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.
Days To Maturity
44-64 days
Fruit Size
2 inches
Full Sun
12-24 inches
12-24 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
8-12 weeks BLF
24 inches
Pepper, Sweet, Yummy is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phonomenal Germination Rate for 2019 lot Difficult seeds to find this year (2019). Lots of places indicating they will substitute. Burpee was best at $4.99 for 20 seeds. I had a phenomenal germination rate of 100% on the 20 seeds after 6 days. Used a heating mat at 85F on pre-moistened seed starting mix (I used Burpee seed starting mix from local big box store), in brown fiber seed starting containers, in a big tray with a clear plastic cover. Pushed individual seeds 1/4" underneath with tip of a retracted ink pen and gently pushed the hole closed from the sides. Put layers of towel under tray to regulate temp which was checked in the actual seed starting mix with an IR thermometer. Ended up with 2 layers of bath towel giving the right temp. Needed no further watering, and few drops came out of bottom of containers, but no more. Water would condense on the inside of the tray cover - tapping would knock most of it back in. Seeds all broke the surface on days 5 and 6. As each one became visible, the individual container was cut loose from the rest and removed to an open tray 5" under a 4 bulb T8 fluorescent light fixture and an ambient temp of 65F. Am maintaining 16 hours of light per day. Allowing starting mix to begin to dry out (turn lighter) before adding further water. Will transplant to bigger containers after 2nd leaves arrive. It's such a joy to watch something like a tiny seed develop into a plant.
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update: Heck of a producer! Ended up with so many ripe peppers I almost couldn't eat them all. They kept longer in the fridge than usual, too. They were yellow instead of the orange in the picture.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A. Must for your garden These peppers are sweet and thick walled. A great snack instead of junk food.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Sweet and Delicious, Crazy high yields These were an excellent addition to my garden last year and I will definitely be growing them again this year! The peppers are deliciously sweet with a pleasant flavor that differed from the other sweet peppers I have grown. Love their size and the plant was extremely productive. It was possibly the highest yielding pepper plant in my garden.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to its name These pepper are delicious eaten raw as a snack or in a salad. Good germination and plant growth, and lots of fruit all the way up to heavy freeze.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A phenomenal little pepper plant! I planted two of these seedlings in an EMSCO 20" x 24" raised garden bed planter. Even though they got a late start (early June), they produced amazing amounts of beautiful little peppers. The plants get so heavy, you'll have to use some sort of support to keep the branches off of the ground. There'll be a short green stage but the fruits will quickly transition to the beautiful bright orange shown in the catalog photo. They have a sweet, but subtly spicy flavor that is delicious in salads or sliced for frying with onions. They also are perfect for stuffing as appetizers. We just had our first freeze here (November 19th - A new record) and the day before I picked over three dozen peppers that were still growing on the plants. I'll definitely be ordering more plants next season.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed My peppers did not turn out as I anticipated. I thought they were supposed to turn red, yellow, orange but the remained green. I'm still waiting; ack! Plus plants did not produce many peppers
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing in Hydro. I have 2 of these plants started in a DWC hydroponic system. They are about 6 weeks old since transplanting into the DWC and are currently about 6 inches tall. Both plants have thick, sturdy main stems but few short branches. I recently did some heavy pruning (not topping) to both plants and found more than 10 buds on each. Many of these were removed in hopes of increasing the size of the plant before going to flower. I will update as the plants continue to grow.
Date published: 2016-06-05
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