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Margaret's Sweet Pepper

Botanical Name: Capiscum anuum

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# of seeds per packet: 25 / Certified Organic

Description

85 – 90 days red ripe. This pepper has exquisite flavor – concentrated sweetness and full-flavor packed into the medium thick, crisp, red-when-ripe walls. Similar in shape to a medium sized bell pepper with a somewhat tapered end. Plants are prolific. Named after Margaret Gubin of Cambria, Wisconsin who gave the heirloom to Jung Seeds. The seeds were originally brought by Margaret’s family from Hungary and then grown by Margaret in Wisconsin for over 50 years.  Thanks to Jung for making this unique pepper variety available. This just might be Erica’s new favorite pepper. Great raw, roasted, sauteed and in sauces – you can’t go wrong! Can also be eaten green. Seeds grown by Nature & Nurture Seeds.

Growing

Growing Instructions(for USDA zone 5b):

 

All peppers are warm loving plants. These pepper plants have the capacity to grow big & produce lots of peppers if given proper care.  Sow seeds indoors 3/15-4/1 into good seed starting mix (we recommend Vermont Compost’s Fort Light). Ideal temperature for germination is 80-90° (use heating mat). Days to germination: 6-28. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Be sure seedlings have adequate light (a windowsill will not do for peppers) and keep plants from becoming pot-bound because this will permanently stunt plants.  If seedlings are getting too big for their pot but the weather is still too cold outside, transplant them into bigger pots. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil with lots of compost or decomposed manure. If your soil pH is greater than 7 (which is typical of clay soils in Southeast Michigan) add sulfur to acidify soil. Space plants 1 ½ - 2ft apart. If plants begin to flower when plants are less than 1ft tall, hand remove early flowers for 2 weeks until plants are bigger. Stake pepper plants if they begin to fall over.

Harvest:

Harvest peppers when fully ripe (red).

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Peppers are primarily self-pollinating but insects will cause significant cross pollination between pepper varieties. To keep variety pure, cover plants with low tunnels (using thin row cover fabric) to exclude pollinators. Or, isolation distance: 300 ft. Always save seeds from the best plants. Save seeds from fully ripe peppers. Cut open peppers and remove seeds. Rinse and dry seeds.

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Description

85 – 90 days red ripe. This pepper has exquisite flavor – concentrated sweetness and full-flavor packed into the medium thick, crisp, red-when-ripe walls. Similar in shape to a medium sized bell pepper with a somewhat tapered end. Plants are prolific. Named after Margaret Gubin of Cambria, Wisconsin who gave the heirloom to Jung Seeds. The seeds were originally brought by Margaret’s family from Hungary and then grown by Margaret in Wisconsin for over 50 years.  Thanks to Jung for making this unique pepper variety available. This just might be Erica’s new favorite pepper. Great raw, roasted, sauteed and in sauces – you can’t go wrong! Can also be eaten green. Seeds grown by Nature & Nurture Seeds.

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Growing

Growing Instructions(for USDA zone 5b):

 

All peppers are warm loving plants. These pepper plants have the capacity to grow big & produce lots of peppers if given proper care.  Sow seeds indoors 3/15-4/1 into good seed starting mix (we recommend Vermont Compost’s Fort Light). Ideal temperature for germination is 80-90° (use heating mat). Days to germination: 6-28. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Be sure seedlings have adequate light (a windowsill will not do for peppers) and keep plants from becoming pot-bound because this will permanently stunt plants.  If seedlings are getting too big for their pot but the weather is still too cold outside, transplant them into bigger pots. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil with lots of compost or decomposed manure. If your soil pH is greater than 7 (which is typical of clay soils in Southeast Michigan) add sulfur to acidify soil. Space plants 1 ½ - 2ft apart. If plants begin to flower when plants are less than 1ft tall, hand remove early flowers for 2 weeks until plants are bigger. Stake pepper plants if they begin to fall over.

Harvest:

Harvest peppers when fully ripe (red).

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Peppers are primarily self-pollinating but insects will cause significant cross pollination between pepper varieties. To keep variety pure, cover plants with low tunnels (using thin row cover fabric) to exclude pollinators. Or, isolation distance: 300 ft. Always save seeds from the best plants. Save seeds from fully ripe peppers. Cut open peppers and remove seeds. Rinse and dry seeds.

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