Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
CAPSICUM annuum 'Cherry Pick'
Cherry Pepper, Cherry Pick Pepper
The bulbous sweet pepper,'Cherry Pick', produces abundant cherry-shaped, green fruits about 68 days after planting. The fruits turn from green to red and are sweet and tasty at either stage. This bushy, disease resistant selection stays compact, so it's perfect for container culture.
All peppers are annuals or short-lived perennials native to the tropical Americas. They can be grown year round as long as growing conditions are warm and moisture available. The bushy plants have simple green leaves and produce white flowers that attract bees and other insect pollinators. Plants are most productive and fruits mature fastest when days are hot and nights warm. The round, pendulous peppers of this variety turn from green to deep red.
Peppers require full bright sun and fertile, well-drained soil with regular moisture. Sow seeds indoors eight weeks prior to the last frost date, and transplant outdoors about once the threat of frost has passed. Warm temperatures are needed for best growth and production. Most peppers will thrive in large containers as well as the vegetable garden. There are many pepper diseases, the most common being bacterial leaf spot, wilt, mosaic virus and the physiological disease, blossom end rot.
The heat in pepper fruit is produced by the phytochemical, capsaicin, which is measured in scaled units called Scoville units. The more concentrated the capsaicin, the hotter the pepper and higher the Scoville rating. The pepper’s seeds and inner lining carry more heat than the flesh of the fruit. To learn more about the
Scoville Scale go to: http://www.chilliworld.com/FactFile/Scoville_Scale.asp
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A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
18"-22" / 45.7cm - 55.9cm
16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm
Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
Dark Green, Black
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Tropical
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