Monday, April 26, 2010

Sweet Chocolate Bell Pepper

Botanical name: Capsicum annuum

Originally introduced in 1965, Sweet Chocolate is an early maturing, medium sized pepper which matures from green to chocolate brown. Plant produces good yields of medium sized chocolate red sweet peppers. Peppers are very sweet, have thick walls, and turn from green, to chocolate when mature. The interior walls are brick red. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and white flowers. Excellent fresh in salads. Maturity in 80 days (brown color)

How to grow
Full sun is ideal. Keep soil warm and evenly moist during germination, but do not allow to become soggy. Water regularly. Sow seeds at 1/4 inch depth in fertile, well drained, neutral ph soil.

Temperature: 27 to 30 degrees Celsius (80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit)
Spacing: 2 inch spacing, in rows 18 to 24 inches apart
Germination Time: 2 to 4 weeks

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