Single Packet of 100 Seeds
Grow a garden filled with the delicious, mild flavored, Chocolate Bell Pepper, from freshly harvested capsicum annuum seeds. Chocolate Bell will produce brown colored sweet peppers that measure roughly 4 inches. Each pepper will display a smooth, yet waxy outer skin and a deep red inner flesh, with walls that are medium to thick. Chocolate Bell can be harvested in as little as 58 to 60 days when they are still green. They can also be left on the stem to mature at 70 days for it's rich brown color.
Sweet Bell Peppers are used in all sorts of culinary dishes, and make a perfect variety for stuffing. Slice them up and add them to a fresh garden salad, or chop them up for stir fry. You can even add slices to a fresh vegetable platter as well. Bell Peppers, like all of our peppers, are annual plants. Annuals will grow quickly from freshly harvested Pepper seeds, produce their fruits through the summer months and will later die with the first killing frost.
Sowing The Seed
Peppers are best started indoors, in a controlled environment, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow them in peat pots, at a depth of 1/4” under topsoil. Peat pots will allow you to transplant the entire pot directly into the garden when the weather is warm and will also prevent root shock. Check below for additional info on spacing & growth habits.
Pepper plants will thrive in the heat of summer, so they should receive full sunlight for the majority of the day, with temperatures of at least 75F or more. A soil that is rich in organic matter is best, with a pH level of at least 6.2 and 7.0. Also make sure that your sowing medium is well drained, or your plants can wilt due to being waterlogged. Water your pepper seeds daily to provide them with ample amounts of moisture until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
Pepper seeds typically take anywhere between 14 to 28 days to germinate. After your seedlings start to grow, they will mature to an estimated height of roughly 24 to 30 inches tall and spread at least 24 inches wide. On average, Pepper plants can be spaced 18 to 24 inches apart from one another, in rows spaced 18 inches apart. These plants do very well when grown directly in the garden, or in large pots and containers as well.
Harvesting Golden Cal Wonder Bell Peppers
Once the plants are established, your fruits will grow to a size of roughly 4 inches. They ripen from green to chocolate, meaning that they are ready for picking. Simply snip or pick the stems an inch from the fruits and eat fresh, or store them by drying, freezing or pickling / canning. Harvest in roughly 58 to 60 days for green peppers, or 80 days for chocolate.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: Absolutely not! At Seed Needs, we have a strong stance against GMO based seed products. We promise to NEVER knowingly carry, or ship GMO based seed products.
Question: Are your seeds orgnic? Or do you offer organic seeds?
Answer: At this time we do not offer certified organic seed varieties. Although some of the seeds in our shop may be from organic suppliers, we do not have the rights label them as such.
Question: Are your seeds Heirloom?
Answer: Yes, we carry a diverse selection of heirloom seeds that are sourced from professional growers that are located all over the globe. A small selection of varieties are Hybrids, and are labeled as such on the product listings.
Question: Are you located within the United States?
Answer: Yes, we store and ship all of our seeds from New Baltimore, Michigan.
Question: Do you ship out of the USA?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and to Canada.
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