PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.

Bell Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Valencia'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Valencia
» View all varieties of Peppers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Sweet (0 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to orange

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:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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:

Mid (69-80 days)


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

Augusta, Georgia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Memphis, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 18, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I found this pepper to be sweet and tasty and the plant quite productive.


On Nov 19, 2005, vishva from Colombo
Sri Lanka wrote:

I have planted some bell peper seeds my grand mother gave me. About 75% of them sprouted and most of them (50%) died and I found out that the roots are infected of something. So I seperated the rest and planted on seperate pots. Now I am having about 10 plants in 5 pots. Only one of them is outstandingly growing well and the others are very slow. I am using 'nutrifoska' furtilizer.


On Sep 18, 2005, jessums from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

A very tasty pepper with interesting garden coloring. The only thing that was a down-side is that the plant did not produce a large amount of high quality peppers.


On Oct 18, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1997 hybrid bell from Syngenta (Rogers). Blocky 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch fruits ripen from dark green to a glowing orange. (72 day) It is a handy size, good producer and quite tasty. The characteristic that separates them from other sweet bells is the pumpkin orange ripe peppers.