Red Cherry Sweet Peppers grow to about 3' tall and wide, are unpretentious, and require little maintenance. The name comes from the fact that the flower develops into a pepper the size of a cherry. It is rich in vitamin C and contains small amounts of capsaicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Red cherry bell peppers are delicious. You can use it fresh on pizzas, in salads, and as a crispy appetizer, pickled for sandwiches. Companion plants include garlic and squash as companions.
How to Grow Red Cherry Pepper:
- Sowing: Plant pepper seeds indoors in peat pots about 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Sow them 1/4″ deep and maintain the soil temperature at 80-85 degrees F until germination. Provide 12-16 hours of sunshine a day. With an outside temperature of 60-65 degrees F during the day and at least 50 degrees F at night, transplant the seedlings 12-16 inches apart. Temper plants for several hours a day before replanting. Peppers also grow well in containers or in beds.
- Plant Spacing: 18″.
- Growing of Red Cherry Sweet Pepper: A layer of mulch will help keep the crop flowing and fight weeds. Provide shade if excessive heat and sun are causing the plants to wilt.
- Red Cherry Sweet Pepper Soil Requirements for: Fertile, well-draining.
- Red Cherry Sweet Pepper Days to Germination for: 10-14 days.
- Light Preference of Red Cherry Sweet Pepper: Full Sun.
- How and When to Harvest Red Cherry Sweet Pepper: Collect peppers as desired and necessary. Everyone knows that the longer the pepper ripens on the vine, the sharper it is. Ripe peppers keep the plant from bearing further, so harvest most peppers while still in the green stage. Use a knife or scissors to collect the peppers.
- Red Cherry Sweet Pepper Seeds Days to Maturity: up to 85 days
- Red Cherry Sweet Pepper's Seed Saving: Peppers are prone to cross-pollination with other peppers. Isolate it to maintain genetic purity. Cut the fully ripe peppers and remove the seeds. Dry the seeds for two weeks, then store in a cool, dry place for up to two years
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Type: Open Pollinated, Warm Season
- USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 4,000
- Planting Method: From Transplant
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 24 Inches
- Color: Red