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PlantFiles: Bell Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Islander'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Islander

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Heat (Pungency):
Sweet (0 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ClearlakeTx On Mar 14, 2015, ClearlakeTx from Houston, TX wrote:

Grew fast and easy in big container. Bore loads of lilac fruit from early into December here in Houston. I use them like fresh green peppers, just so much more colorful :-). Makes them suitable for flower beds or the front yard.

Positive Horseshoe On Sep 8, 2004, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Excellent "bell type" pepper plant! Wonderful in your home garden, container, and also a delight in your flower bed!

Early maturing variety (58 days) with fruit that quickly turns to purple/lilac within a week of forming.

Note: most peppers grow as a GREEN pepper, maturing to either a red, orange, or yellow pepper. Islander grows as a purple/lilac colored pepper and matures to an orange/red color.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Efland, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Houston, Texas

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