Growing Pimento L Sweet Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Pimento sweet pepper, Pimiento sweet pepper
- Days to Maturity: 95 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 12-24” in rows; 14-16” in raised beds
- Row Spacing: 2-3’
- Growth Habit: 18” tall; 4-1/2” heart-shaped peppers
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained loamy soil; slightly acidic to neutral pH
- Temp Preference: 70-84 degrees F; Nighttime temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees F to allow proper fruit set
- Light Preference: Full sun, at least 8 hours of direct sunlight
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, European corn borer, Anthracnose fruit rot, Phytophthora blight, whiteflies, cutworms, pepper maggots, Colorado potato beetles, tarnished plant bug, Verticillium wilt, blossom end rot
- Color: Fruit ripens from green to red; green foliage
- Flavor: Sweet, mild
Sweet Pimento L Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
An excellent choice for container gardens, raised beds, and gardens with limited space, sweet Pimento seeds grow upright plants to a height of only about 18”, yet they offer large sweet red peppers that are heart-shaped and mild.
Be sure to start your Pimento pepper seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. Pepper plants, which are native to the tropical regions of the Americas, are intolerant to frost. In addition, nighttime temperatures below 60 degrees F can interfere with fruit set, so it may be wise to transplant the Pimento L seedlings into the garden at least 2 weeks after your last frost date, depending on your climate.
Transplant the Pimento L sweet pepper plant to a location with full sun and evenly moist soil that is slightly acidic to neutral.
Various Uses for Sweet Pimento Peppers:
Sweet Pimento peppers are quite often pickled, and their mild, sweet flavor and heart shape make them a good candidate for garnishes, pizza topping, salsas, grilling, and stuffing.
Pimento L Sweet Pepper Benefits:
Pimento sweet peppers are low in calories and packed with vitamin C and other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also considered a good source of dietary fiber.
Pimento sweet peppers are thick-walled chili peppers that are probably best-known for being stuffed into green olives. They are also used in pimento loaf, a processed meat used in sandwiches.