Pepperoncini PepperPepperoncini peppers are native to Italy and Greece and are loved all over the world. In the United States, they are also known as Tuscan peppers, Italian bell peppers, or golden Greek peppers. Italian Pepperoncini has a thin, sweet flesh that is great for pickling. Peppers are 3-5″ long and 75-1.5″ wide. The bushes are relatively small and grow up to 30″ in height.
The peppers are sweet and mild in taste, not very spicy, although they can vary and be found up to medium heat level.
Pickled pepperoncini are found in an Italian antipaso plater, an Italian salad, or anywhere in a pizza or sandwich.
How to grow Pepperoncini Pepper from seeds:
- Sowing: Plant Pepperoncini Pepper seeds indoors in peat pots about 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Sow them 1/4″deep and in a soil temperature of 80-85 degrees F until germination. Be sure to give the plant 12-16 hours of sunlight a day. When the outside temperature reaches 60-65 degrees F during the day and at least 50 degrees F at night, transplant the seedlings 12-16″ apart. You can avoid shock by exposing plants to outdoor temperatures for several hours a day before replanting. Pepper also grows well in containers or raised beds.
- Plant Spacing: 12-16″.
- Growing of Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper: Sow seeds in 20-row or shallow flats, 4 seeds per inch, 1/4″ deep, in late March or eight weeks before transplanting. Maintain soil temperature at 80-85°F (27-32°C). In cooler soil, seeds will slow down their growth. When the first leaves appear, transplant the seedlings 12-16″ apart. 60-65° F during thе day and 50° F at night. Be sure to give the plant 12-16 hours of sunlight a day.
- Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper Soil Requirements for: Keep the soil evenly moist, maintain soil temperatures at 80-90°F (27-32°C)
- Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper Seeds Days to Germination: 21 days.
- Light Preference of Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper: Annual.
- How and When to Harvest Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper: As you know, the longer the pepper ripens on the vine, the sharper it is. Harvesting is becoming a personal preference. The plant continues to bear fruit if the pepper is harvested in the green stage, and the mature pepper signals the plant to stop production. Always use a knife or scissors to cut the crop to avoid damaging the fragile stems. Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper is known for its versatility and can be eaten fresh, pickled, stuffed, and grilled.
- Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper Days to Maturity: 75 days to Green; 95 days to Red.
- Pepperoncini Sweet Pepper's Seed Saving: Isolation or cage may be required to maintain genetic purity as peppers will be cross-pollinated with other peppers. The pepper must be fully ripe for harvesting the seeds. Remove the seeds from it, spread them out to dry for about two weeks. Store sеeds in a cool, dry place for up to two years.
- Common Names: Pepperoncini, Peperoncino
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Species Origin: Italy, Greece
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Hot Pepper, Warm Season
- Life Cycle: Annual
- USDА Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 4,000
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 20 Inches
- Color: Green, Yellow
- Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer
- Uses: Culinary