Capsicum, Sweet Pepper 'Carmen'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Carmen
Hybridized by John Bill
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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:

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)

Potato Virus Y (PVY)

Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), Race 1

Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), Race 2

Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), Race 3

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:

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:

Phoenix, Arizona

Mckinleyville, California

Westbrook, Connecticut

Miami, Florida

Aurora, Illinois

Brodhead, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Earleville, Maryland

Osseo, Minnesota

Zimmerman, Minnesota

Statesville, North Carolina

Dayton, Ohio

Elgin, Texas

Pasadena, Texas

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 25, 2015, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

A nice sweet pepper, both in the ground and in containers. Only average yield, however.


On Mar 17, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- I have not had a lot of success with sweet peppers here. Standard bell peppers sunscald even with extensive shade and are thin walled and dry. Carmen however, has done well. The fruits are well shaded by the leaves and I have little sunscald problem (my pepper plants get afternoon shade). The fruit is medium-size, conical and elongate, has medium thickness walls and great flavor. I still have some plants die in summer heat, but most survive. This variety also has good frost hardiness and with some protection the plants that survive summer often survive winter (down to 26F) and bear from January to March.


On Feb 21, 2013, zeno25 from Aurora, IL wrote:

Great all purpose sweet pepper, but has a distinctively rich, sweet flavor especially when red and fully ripe. Vigorous plants were grown in a patio container and produced heavily throughout the season while remaining a manageable size.


On Mar 7, 2012, foose4string from EARLEVILLE, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

Excellent sweet pepper. Good for frying. Plants show good disease resistance and produce moderately well.


On Jul 1, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Awesome flavor, great for eating fresh from the garden, stir fry, gonna stuff some next week. Very sweet flesh my 3 year old loves it.


On Mar 15, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Loved it! Very long (8") thin peppers, very sweet but pungent also. Thin-walled, great for frying, cooking, etc. Matured early (55 days from planting out), and cranked out lots of peppers all season - into late October! It was the first and last pepper in my garden last year, and also the yummiest.


On Nov 29, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 60 day Italian type hybrid. 2006 AAS award winner. 6 x 1 1/2 inches.