Big Red Sweet Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Big Red'
Big Red Sweet Pepper fruit
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Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Group/Class: Sweet Bell
A great variety for any garden or large container; produces large, sweet peppers that emerge green and ripen to red; requires staking depending on height; peppers are sweet to taste; ideal for many types of dishes, either stuffed, roasted, or in salads
Big Red Sweet Pepper is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces red peppers (which are technically 'berries') with red flesh which are typically harvested when mature. The peppers have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.
The peppers are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
- Eating When Cooked/Prepared
Planting & Growing
Big Red Sweet Pepper will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.
This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Big Red Sweet Pepper is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.