Capsicum, Sweet Pepper 'Gypsy'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Gypsy
Hybridized by Seminis-Petoseed
Registered or introduced: 1980
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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:

Small (under 2" in length)

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Yellow 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; direct sow after 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)

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Queen Creek, Arizona

Oceanside, California

Richmond, California

Sebastopol, California

Sun City, California

Westbrook, Connecticut

Daytona Beach, Florida

Hawthorne, Florida

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Quincy, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Hinsdale, Illinois

Mackinaw, Illinois

Urbandale, Iowa

Ashland, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Frederick, Maryland

Gobles, Michigan

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Raleigh, North Carolina

Vinton, Ohio

Newberg, Oregon(6 reports)

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Garland, Texas

Hutto, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 12, 2015, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Sweet, one of the best for eating raw in salads. Slightly less than average yields for peppers of this type.


On Mar 6, 2015, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I bought this plant at a local Wal-mart garden center last year in Feb. I planted mine in a huge stone planter and kept it in mostly sunny place in the garden. It grew tall enough to need support with a tomato cage. I love bell peppers but have no luck with them in our heat and wet seasons. These peppers are smaller and thinner but still made great additions to salads and stir fry. I had no pest or critter problems with the peppers, unlike Bells which the critters love to get to the seeds. My plant did well in the hot wet summer and continued to produce peppers all the way up until January. Once we started getting many nights in the 40's the blossoms stopped but my pepper still grew. I harvested my last four peppers this past week (March) and have cut the plant back, hoping it will come ba... read more


On Jul 23, 2013, Gep2013 from Queen Creek, AZ wrote:

First year gardening! We planted in March. One of things I planted was the Gypsy Pepper. They started slow, think they were not getting enough water. So I upped that which caused the plant to grow in height immediately and did flower and fruit. Now, towards end of July, all 3 of my plants have peppers. 2 are SUPER RED and one is reddening and fewl more still green. Obviously it has been HOT. We have put a canopy over the garden until we find a more appropriate and permanent way of shading it. It does allow the garden to get the morning sunshine, but protects it from the scorching afternoon sun. I am confused in whether I should pick my peppers now, they are about 3 1/2 inches long, or wait for them to get larger. I've read any things they say these don't fruit if temps abo e 85'..... read more


On Aug 5, 2012, IndianaBodeen from Wheatfield, IN wrote:

Been a staple in the garden. Plant has survived our 100+ degree blasts this summer. Just watering with a seeper hose.

Not too sure about the 10-10-10- fertilizer, I would use lower Nitrogen.

Goes well in dipping salsa as well as in salads.


On Aug 9, 2011, strange2u from Hinsdale, IL wrote:

This is my first year growing it. It seems to be a fairly tough plant, that can take less than ideal conditions.


On Jun 24, 2011, hikerpat from Knoxville, TN wrote:

I planted my Gypsy Pepper plant Memorial Day weekend. It's now June 24 and I picked the first pepper today. The cut stem smells as if the meat is spicy, but I have read it's a mild pepper. For it's size (approx. 2" across the top, 4" long), it's heavy, which means it's thick-walled. This baby is going in a salad really soon. I'm in Knoxville TN, and it made it through 2 weeks of mid to upper 90s and about 3" of rain in the last 2 days. I'd say this plant is a keeper.
When I prepared the planting hole, I dug it about a foot wide and deep. I added back in some native soil, topped with a small handful of 10-10-10 fertilizer, sprinkled over it some native soil, then added the plant, and back-filled with native soil. It was top fertilized twice since planting, with 10-10-10 and watered d... read more


On Feb 15, 2009, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not a bell, but a conical sweet pepper going from pale green to yellow to intense orange to red, becoming sweeter all along. Hybrid, which will put off seed savers and raises the price of seed a bit, but remarkably tough and heavy-yielding, in my experience, even when too wet or too dry: many peppers stop yielding for me unless they're quite content with conditions, but this one comes through. I've come to prefer peppers with at least a little heat, but plan to grow this again for its reliability. The relatively small size and somewhat thin walls of the fruit are its only drawbacks.


On Dec 21, 2007, bubbylar from Newberg, OR wrote:

I purchased a small potted gypsy from a nursery late this summer. I left it in the pot for the remainder of the summer and fall. I did get a few 3"-4" peppers, that were quite sweet.


On Mar 18, 2005, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've grown this variety for 2 years now, and I'm starting more plants this year. It's definitely a garden "staple" for me. It fruits prolifically, and the fairly compact size of the plant and pretty colors of the ripening peppers make this one a good choice to include in a mixed border.

This is not a bell shaped pepper, IMO. The fruits are conical, shorter & blocker than a banana pepper, but not at all bell shaped.

The peppers are sweetest when ripened to red and are very tasty. With thicker walls than a banana pepper, 'Gypsy' makes wonderful sweet pickled peppers and is great in stir-fries or fresh in salads.


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

Elongated fruits grow 4 1/2" long by 2 1/2" wide, start yellowish green and mature yellow to orange to red. (65 day).