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Pepper

How to sow pepper: Direct seed indoors, transplant seedlings outside after hardening off

Sun requirement for pepper: Plant in Full Sun

Pepper has been planted 10 times by Growstuff members.

Capiscum is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family Solanaceae that produces peppers. The Capiscum genus contains 20-27 species of peppers which vary in color, shape, size, and heat. 5 species are domesticated. Most peppers are green when unripe and change color as the fruit matures. The fruit of most species contains capsaicin, which gives hot peppers their spiciness. Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) are an exception: they do not contain capsaicin due to a recessive gene, and are therefore not spicy. The Scoville scale is used to measure the relative heat of peppers. Bell peppers have a rating of 0-25 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), jalapenos are between 2,500-10,000 SHU. All peppers, regardless of species, prefer a long, warm growing season and well-drained soil high in organic matter. Seeds can be started indoors 8-10 weeks before hardening off and transplanting. In cooler climates, it can be preferable to grow peppers in containers indoors to extend the growing season and prevent frost from killing plants. Peppers have an upright growing habit and can benefit from staking to help the plant support the fruits.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

23 weeks

First harvest expected

10 weeks after planting

Height

70cm

Spread

50cm

Row Spacing

50cm
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Photos

Pepper crops

Pepper plantings

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Pepper harvests

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Pepper seeds

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Varieties

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