Peppers

Plant starts should be ordered in March for best availability, and picked up in late May or very early June. Tomatoes, Eggplants, Basil, and other starts are also available. For details, see Plant starts, or the brochure.

SWEET PEPPERS

New Ace bell pepper

(Fedco/Maine) – Hybrid – 62 days – Green-to-Red bell pepper
This is the earliest, most reliable bell pepper I’ve grown, I’ve grown it for some years now. Medium size peppers turning red when mature. Hard to find variety.

King of the North bell pepper

(SSE/Iowa) – OP – 70 days – Green-to-Red bell pepper
Large, beautiful lobed fruits. Cold tolerant. My favorite bell pepper. These kept ripening to red under a tarp outside in the garden in November in Ashland.

Sheepnose Pimento

(Abundant Life/Cottage Grove) – OP – 75-80 days
Like a small, thick-walled, extra-sweet bell pepper. Prolific, smooth barely lobed and perfect, ripen early to a bright red. Very sweet thick walled little peppers. I eat them all right off the plant.

Orange Sun Bell pepper

(Nichols/Albany) – OP – 80 days -Green-to-orange bell pepper
Large, ripening-to-orange bell pepper that actually ripens in this climate, with a delicious tangy flavor. Organic seed.

JALAPENOS

Peguis is no longer available in retail quantities; Jalapeno Gigantia is the substitute

Jalapeno Gigantia Jalapeño

(Nichols/Albany) – Hybrid – 68 days – Extra large jalapeño, thick-walled, medium hot.

Early Jalapeño

OP – 65 days – The basic jalapeño, earlier than most. I’ve grown this for years, reliable if not terribly impressive.

ANAHEIM/LONG GREEN CHILIS

NuMex Big Jim

(Nichols/Albany) OP – Very large, long, Anaheim type peppers, medium Hot. We peel and make green chile relish, I can never get enough.

OTHER HOT PEPPERS

Long Red Narrow Cayenne

(Fedco/Maine) – OP – long thin cayenne, good for drying. I tend to get mixed up between long thin cayenne, long slim cayenne, and long skinny-or-whatever-they-come-up-w ith-next cayenne. If you have strong opinions or preferences please let me know!

Thai Hot Pepper

(Fedco/Maine) – OP – very small, very hot (around 80,000 Scoville units) conical pepper. A very small, compact bushy plant, with bright red peppers held upright making it quite ornamental.

Matchbox

(Fedco/Maine) – OP – open-pollinated version of the Super Chili, small hot prolific red chilis that are said to handle cool climates and clay. May be somewhat temperamental. If you particularly care which one you get please contact me.


All peppers are grown from commercial seed which is true to type (hopefully… but things happen). If you come across anything that doesn’t seem right, please let me know! I only grow a few of any variety myself, so I can’t always detect rare problems. Many years ago a Sheepnose, from Territorial’s commercial seed, was part Jalapeno – not something I enjoyed taking a bite of one morning…

Peppers are temperamental in spring in Oregon. You should plant out fairly late when the soil is warmer and the nights less chilly — temperatures under about 50 degrees can permanently stunt growth. I always use a row cover/shade cloth to give them some protection for the first few weeks.