Ornamental Pepper 'Pumpkin'

Capsicum baccatum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: baccatum (BAK-ah-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Pumpkin
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Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Unknown - Tell us

Fruit Shape:

Round

Flat

Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Ornamental (not recommended for eating)

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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 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

Regional

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

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Oct 20, 2011, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant got quite large in my garden (36"tx30"w). It was a bit floppy, but that my have been because they were somewhat shaded. I was disappointed that the fruit turned dark red because when I had seen them for sale (like dried flowers) they were QUITE ORANGE. From the behavior of the drying fruit, they would probably make neat dried christmas decorations. They don't rot, they just sort of dry out like a pomegranate(sp?).

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On Oct 11, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A pepper, that when dried, takes the shape of a mini pumpkin. It is hard when it dries and can be used in crafts that need a dried pumpkin shape. These peppers hold their shape after drying and won't mold. (105 days)

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