It's my first time growing 'california wonder' bell peppers (in fact, any bell pepper)
and so far all of the peppers that I've harvested seem smaller than what the description
says (i.e. 4" x 4"). Does removing the number of flower buds help in growing larger
[quote="Gymgirl"]When ya'll figure out which variety gives you LARGE bell peppers, please post it here!
I've been trying for 3 seasons now, to get a decent sized bell pepper, and no go. Even the size Farmerdill is holding would be nice!
I'll watch this thread.
Linda, I've been growing a pepper i got from Baker Creek called "yellow Monster" for a while, and have had good luck with the size. They're not quite as tasty as Cal. Wonder but they're really good stuffed!
Thanks everyone for the info...now I don't feel like such a lousy gardener. They do taste
good and I'm getting alot of them on just two plants. Next year I think I'll probably grow
them again and also try 'Gypsy'.
'King Arthur' ( http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/80125/ ) gives fairly large, very thick walled bells. Not the biggest out there, but a great size combined with decent production per plant makes them one of my favs for bigger peppers. However, they are a bit on the slow side for me (zone 5b, New Hampshire).
I have grown California Wonder before and was not impressed with the size. I have not had a lot of experience with growing peppers but I really liked the size of 'Big Dipper' compared to Cal. Wonder. I had some really impressive peppers when I grew them one year. However, I don't grow a lot of peppers and some years, not even a plant but when I do grow them, 'Big Dipper' is my choice. I go through the process of seeding my own stuff so you have to find the seed. Don't quote me, but maybe Burpee has them. Try 'Big Dipper' and post on the plant files with your opinion. I also have a small entry on this variety there.
Hey RickCorey_WA. I still think about my vacation to WA everyday! We have not been to a lot of places, because we are still young, but it is going to be hard to beat the one to WA this past summer. I try to make each vacation better than the previous one but WOW, what a beautiful state with so much to do!!! If I remember correctly, you are from NJ originally but you live in a great place now. I am so envious of you.
>> you are from NJ originally but you live in a great place now
Exactly! I escaped! I'm planning to spend some time in the cascades soon, but when the sun is shining. I do love WA! I'm glad you liked it. I've almost gotten used t6o how n ice the people are here. Of course, after NJ, ANY state would seem very civilized.
There are toll booths on the turnpike that connects NJ with PA. They charge over $2 to let you leave NJ, b ut it seems like a bargain. Who would pay to get INTO NJ?!?
i grow 'Quadrato D'Asti Rosso' which is a large very tasty red bell type. never fails to produce and is consistently requested by my neighbors. (we have a barter thing going on, i trade my veggies for their manure, or whatever they have i can use)
I'm glad I stumbled up on this thread. The bell peppers I've planted the past few years just haven't panned out for me. My wife is always after me to raise some bigger peppers for stuffing. I'm not much of a seed starter but will give some of these varieties a shot. Thanks.
Quadrato Rosso D'Asti Pepper Seeds- red quadrato rosso d'asti gallo-yellow
Pure imported Italian seed! The Quadrato Rosso is a superb Italian variety known for its exceptionally large fruit (5"x4") and strong production. The fruit are blocky, typically four-lobed, have a sweet flavor, and change from a brilliant green to rich-red when ripe. Thick walls make these ideal for salads, roasting, or stuffing. 100% Italian seed..
Open-Pollinated, 75 days from transplant.
this picture is not from the company i bought mine, just to give you an idea
I have found that with my climate Italian vegetables produce really well. slowly but surely i am moving over to almost all Italian varieties and would suggest them to anyone that has issues with the summer heat.
OOpps my Italian isnt very good. lol Now you have a picture of the Red and the Yellow. Ive also had good luck with veggies from Spain and Thailand as well as Italy. Like RC said they keep producing in the heat.
RC, I was in Italy and Spain in 2000. I brought back a bunch of seeds from the vendors on LasRambles (?) in Barcalona. Bakercreek had an article on their website about their trip there this summer. The next year my whole garden was from those seeds and it was the BEST garden I've ever had. Everything grew and produced like crazy, but I never thought about saving seeds or the packets they came in.
GG-I get my seeds from rareseeds.com but if you google them you'll find them elsewhere. You might try Marconis too.
I'm thinking the same thing...but, since I just cleared TWO unauthorized purchases in the last six months (one of which was a digital camera that appeared on the FEDEX slip the company shared with me, complete with the delivery address so I could go over there and knock on the door and demand my camera or my cash...)
You can understand my extreme hesitation to click that button...
You can NEVER have too many seeds. that is my motto. i spend my entire winter buying seeds for my garden, after i have participated in several swaps and gotten, literally, hundreds of packets. There always seems to be some new seed i want to try. lots of stuff does not make it through our summers here, so i am learning by trail and error, and having fun.
Having an SO that is not o. seed d. would be tough!
I grew those last year and did not save any seeds. they are wonderful for stuffing and/or roasting, and the plants were very prolific. sort of forgot about them, but now i have to have more seeds for next year! thanks for mentioning them. should not have forgotten the italian type pepper with the norse name!
Since I'm putting the Italian varieties to the test, I went ahead and ordered some "Gigante D'Inverno" Spinach seeds. Will be starting them in a small hoop cold frame for (hopefully) an early spring crop of spinach.
I guess I'm like Sherlock Holmes chasing the elusive Moriarty in the garden. Spinach is my current Moriarty -- and I WILL find it growing there, one day!
P.S. Just so you'll know, I just counted my D'Asti Pepper Seeds. The package says 75 seeds minimum. There are NINETY seeds in my packet! ^^_^^
I found some 'Corno di Toro Rosso' mild red pepper seeds in my received trades. It's a cowhorn shape, sweet non-bell pepper. Allegedly it can be 6-9" long, super-sweet and is "meaty". I don't know if that means "thick walls".
If anyon e is interested, I'll split it with them. Risingcreek, you get first call.
I prefer Italian peppers too. I grow various Marconi types. They are more prolific than bell peppers in my garden and, though elongated, larger than the largest bells I've ever grown. The walls are comparable to bells while the plants are larger and more robust. I have four foot high Marconi plants with viable peppers well after first frost. Big Bertha was the largest bell but not the best flavored sweet pepper I've grown. My experience with bell pepper plants is that they are more disease prone than other types. I find the flesh far less flavorful than Marconis and, for that reason, stopped growing them years ago.
Corno di Toro is a smaller pepper with a thinner wall than Marconi. I grew it for several years. It's good.
No, I have not but once again, and this is my opinion only, I find Italian pepper varieties more sweet. After growing this particular garden for over twenty years, and within a finite space, I try a few new things each year. Granted the finite space keeps growing. Meanwhile the garden continues to evolve while I attempt to grow the most reliable crops.
Rick, I'd like to try a few. I dont know how many you have to split, but I dont need more than 10 seeds to get one plant to try. Is there anything you might like to have? My tradelist is way out of date. I have many more things not listed there so just ask for something. I might have it.
Well---I am drooling at all the pepper discussion! I have had rotten luck lately growing peppers, and will gladly send $ to get some seeds for my tiny garden. If anyone has any to share please let me know and I will send PayPal $ or SASE-whatever you want. I just want to get some nice thick walled bells or other peppers for my Salsa and grilling this summer! I will only need a few seeds.
Marconis work great for salsa and grilling too. I always get a higher yield from non bells. I have some seeds I saved from 2010 for Golden Marconi and they seem to be germinating fine. I know they are pure bc they were the only pepper I grew in that year. Dmail if your interested.
This thread has me longing for spring and planting season. I saved lots of seeds from my favorite marconi (golden treasure) if anyone's interested in some. These things are like eating pepper flavored candy. This was the last harvest last year, and i made jam with them.