Chili Pie Hybrid Bell Pepper Seeds

Chili Pie Hybrid Bell Pepper Seeds

Sweet When Green, Hot When Red!

(P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Item # 52773-PK-P1

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68 days from setting out transplants.

It's two peppers in one! This baby bell, an ornamental edible if ever we saw one, sets crunchy, thick-walled fruits that are peppery sweet when green and then just peppery -- spicy hot! -- when red. Pick them at all stages of development to get the full range of Chili Pie's flavor profile!

Only 2½ inches in diameter at the shoulder and about 2 inches long, these peppers pack a lot of flavor into very little space. They weigh about 2 ounces each, and arise abundantly (up to 30 per plant) on plants just 18 to 32 inches high and no more than 3 feet wide. What a space saver!

These are not the slender mini peppers you may have seen in supermarkets -- they are fat, flavorful, fully formed bells, with all the staying power and strong flavor of their full-sized cousins. You will love them fresh off the plant, as well as sliced, sauteed, and stuffed!

Chili Pie (and its cousin, Sweetie Pie) won a 2017 All-America Selection for its compact, made-for-pots size as well as its terrific tolerance of heat and humidity. This is a pepper you can grow on the blazing deck in July without worrying about the flowers not setting or the fruit frying in the heat. It stands up to moist conditions, too -- if you live where summer days end in a brief but intense thunderstorm every afternoon, no fears! Chili Pie smiles right through it!

Start seeds indoors or, in climate with short growing seasons, outdoors at least one week after last frost. If starting indoors, allow 7 to 10 weeks for the seeds to mature into seedlings large enough to transplant safely. Set seedlings (or thin direct-sown seedlings) 3 feet apart in full sun. If planting many seedlings, space rows about 3 feet apart. If planting in containers, choose one at least 12 inches in diameter for better root growth. Fertilize when the blooms appear, and water well. Pkt is 20 seeds.