Growing Big Red Sweet Bell Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Pepper, sweet pepper, red pepper, bell pepper
- Days to Maturity: 75 days
- Hardiness Zone: 4-10
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 12-24” in rows; 14-16” in raised beds
- Row Spacing: 2-3’
- Growth Habit: 24-36” tall; 4” bell-shaped peppers with 3 to 4 lobes
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained loamy soil; slightly acidic to neutral pH
- Temp Preference: 70-84 degrees F
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, European corn borer, Anthracnose fruit rot, Phytophthora blight, whiteflies, cutworms, pepper maggots, Colorado potato beetles, tarnished plant bug, Verticillium wilt, mosaic virus, blossom end rot
- Color: Green to red fruit; green foliage
- Flavor: Sweet, mild
Big Red Sweet Bell Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
Big red sweet bell pepper seeds that are grown in well-draining, loamy soil that's slightly acidic to neutral will produce 2-3' tall, upright plants. Full sun and consistent watering will help ensure the highest yield of sweet peppers that turn from green to red. Although pepper plants are technically perennial plants, they are grown as annuals in the home garden and for market because most hardiness zones do not remain entirely frost-free or warm enough to overwinter these heat-loving plants.
Various Uses for Sweet Red Bell Peppers:
While sweet bell peppers are botanically considered a fruit, they are used in recipes as a vegetable. Red bell peppers can be eaten raw or cooked. They are often chopped and used in fresh salads, sauteed with onions for use on sausage, and used as a topping on pizza. In addition, the primary ingredient in paprika is dried, powdered red bell pepper.
Big Red Sweet Pepper Benefits:
Red bell peppers have a significant amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and they are an excellent source of antioxidants, making them a delicious addition to a healthy diet.
Big red bell peppers can be picked and eaten when they are green. However, letting the bell pepper ripen and turn red will give you a sweeter-tasting fruit.
While hot pepper plants are native to the tropical regions of South America, Central America, and North America and have been known to Europeans since at least 1493, when Columbus brought them back to Spain, sweet bell pepper varieties weren't developed until the 1920s.
Seeds Per Package:
- 300 mg - Approximately 42 Seeds
- 0.25 oz - Approximately 1,000 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 4,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 16,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 64,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 320,000 Seeds