Pepper, Container (Pizza My Heart)
Renee's Garden Brand
These heavy, thick-walled, cone-shaped little peppers have a crunchy texture and sweet flavor with an occasional bit of mild spice to savor. Try the crisp, juicy, 3 1/2 inch peppers sliced up to top pizza, added to fresh salads, grilled to succulence on the BBQ or just eat them out of hand like an apple — they are that good! Pizza My Heart pepper plants are compact and produce early, prolific harvests — perfect for containers or in garden beds.
Start indoors 8 weeks before outdoor night temperatures reach 55°F (13°C). Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist but not soggy, and very warm (80°F (27°C). Provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outside. When seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, transplant into 4 inch pots. Keep at 65-70°F (18-21°C). Feed with half-strength liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks.
When night temperatures reach 55°F (13°C), acclimate seedlings to outdoor conditions. If planting in garden beds, space 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart in rich soil in full sun.
Transplant each plant into a pot at least 15 inches tall and deep. Using fresh potting mix prevents soil borne diseases. Fertilize twice per month for best plants and yields.
Peppers need full sun at least 6 hours per day. Mulch well to maintain even moisture. Provide short stakes or cages to support heavy sets of ripening fruit. Check containers often and water regularly; when plants begin setting fruit they may require daily watering.
HARVEST AND USE
Harvest when peppers have ripened to red. Cut rather than pull peppers from plants. Enjoy them sliced up raw, sautéed, stir-fried, grilled or piled on pizza. Discard all pith and seeds to avoid even a hint of heat.