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Bell Pepper 'Big Bertha'

Capsicum annuum

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

Large (more than 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:



Fresh (salsa, salads)





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Mayer, Arizona

Oceanside, California

Rocklin, California

Westbrook, Connecticut

Keystone Heights, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Marshall, Illinois

Greenwood, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Georgetown, Massachusetts

Gobles, Michigan

Lansing, Michigan

Raymond, Mississippi

Marshall, Missouri

Elba, New York

Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Leander, Texas

Hanover, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 11, 2018, zark from Elysburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This was my first year growing Big Bertha and I was impressed. We of course had one of the wettest growing seasons on record. I am glad I planted them in my best drained garden patch. I used like a medium sized tomato cage for support, “good thing I did.” All of these plants grew at least three feet tall and had many huge fruits on them. Let us not forget they were very tasty. I had three other varieties of peppers growing next to these, “and none of them made it to late summer.” They all succumbed to some sort of blight, and this is the first time I ever had this problem with peppers. As of today, October 11, 2018, Big Berthas continue to give me tasty peppers. I am looking forward to growing them again next season.


On Dec 24, 2015, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a large (>6x3") pepper that was very reliable for me this year. It does take a long time to turn red so I ate many of them green. Too big for a single serving stuffer. Plants may need some support. I'm putting this on my must-grow list.


On Apr 7, 2013, auntypatty from Cordes Lakes, AZ wrote:

I live at 4,000 feet in Central Arizona where gardening is a bit of a challenge. I have tried to grow green (sweet) peppers many times without much success. I first tried this variety two years ago in an Earth Box and at first I got nice big plants and no peppers. I thought I'd failed again until late in the summer when I took a closer look and found plants were loaded with nice big delicious green peppers. They did well again last year, so I'm a convert.


On Jul 31, 2008, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is my first year for growing Big Bertha, and I am surprised! These were late in getting set into the garden; around June 2nd. The peppers are enormous with one on a plant today measuring 6" and actually touching the ground. And the plants are another 30 days from reaching maturity. I am surprised at how well they are doing for getting set so late in the garden. We have eaten one so far mixed in a salad with onion and tomato; very crisp peppery taste and flavor.

Edited 9/11/08 to add: Today I picked one of these peppers measuring 8" in length, 12" in circumference at the shoulders, and 4" in diameter at its broadest point. I have uploaded a picture today. Little wonder it was named Big Bertha. Amazing!


On Apr 21, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is my favorite bell pepper. They are huge! The peppers are sweet both when green and especially after turning a gorgeous red. I have not had to stake the plants, they have been sturdy for me. The yield is abundant also. I would highly recommend these! My friends and family were amazed at the size of these whoppers.


On Jul 8, 2007, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very large sweet bell pepper, one of my favorites. Does well for me here in KY.


On Mar 4, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1978 introduction from Seminis (Petoseed). This is a very large (7inches long) bell pepper that is my favorite of the green bells. Makes superb stuffed peppers but I dare you to eat the whole thing. It grows well, but needs staking to hold the peppers off the ground, large open plant, with long branch lims that will break oof under the weight of the peppers if support is not provided.