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Vegetable Planting Calendar

Pepper

Rich in vitamins C

  • PeppersPepperRemove any flowers that have formed before transplanting and for a week afterward.
  • Do not apply too much nitrogen before peppers set fruit. This will encourage leaf growth at the expense of pepper production.
  • Peppers are shallow-rooted, so mulch them to conserve soil moisture.
  • Approximate planting per person per year, fresh, 2 to 3 plants
  • 0.5 ounce of seeds for 100 feet of row for direct seeding. Normally planted in the garden as plants.
  • Minimum row space if hand cultivated, 30 inches
  • Minimum row space if using field implements, 42 inches
  • 18 inches between plants in row
  • 70 to 80 days from planting to eating stage
  • 740 international units of vitamin A per 100 gram sample
  • 99 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 gram sample
  • For pepper-related questions and answers, see MU Extension publication G6400, Frequently Asked Vegetable Questions.
  • Recommended sweet varieties
    • Acapulco
      Early, blocky, vigorous plant
    • Bell Captain
    • Bell King
      Mid-season, long blocky
    • Boynton Bell
      Mid-season, blocky; resistant to strains 1, 2, 3 bacterial spot
    • Camelot X3R
      Mid-season, long blocky; resistant to strains 1, 2, 3 bacterial spot
    • Commandant
      Mid-season
      Long blocky
      Resistant to strains 1, 2, 3 bacterial spot
    • Enterprise
      Mid-season, long blocky
    • Golden Bell
      Blocky, thick, sweet yellow
    • Gypsy
      Early, yellow to green fruits
    • Jupiter
      Mid-season, blocky
    • King Arthur
      Early, blocky green and red
    • Marengo
      Yellow at maturity, thick walls
    • Merlin
      Early, blocky
    • Paladin
      Excellent for green or red bell peppers
    • Ranger
      Mid-season, blocky
    • Sentinel
      Early to mid-season, blocky; resistant to strains 1, 2 bacterial spot
    • Vidi
      Early to mid-season, 4 lobes, long, Good for red peppers
    • X3R Aladdin
      Excellent yellow bell pepper
    • X3R Red Knight
      Excellent red bell pepper
    • X3R Wizard
      Resistance to bacterial spot
  • Recommended hot varieties
    • Hungarian yellowLong, tapering
    • Jalapeno
      Heart shaped; green to red color
    • Habanero
      Late, very hot
    • Charleston Hot
      Nematode resistant, hottest Cayenne type
    • Scotch Bonnet
      Small round fruit, extremely hot
    • Jalapeno Mitla
    • Long Thick Red
    • Ring of Fire
    • Copacabana

Growing zones in Missouri
 

  • Recommended planting dates
    • South Missouri
      May 1 to 25
    • Central Missouri
      May 10 to 30
    • North Missouri
      May 15 to 30

 

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