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CAPSICUM annuum 'Cherry Pick'

Image of Capsicum annuum 'Cherry Pick'

James H. Schutte

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

CAPSICUM annuum 'Cherry Pick'

Plant Common Name

Cherry Pepper, Cherry Pick Pepper

General Description

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

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18"-22" / 45.7cm - 55.9cm

  • Width

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Black

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes