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Candy Cane Pepper (F1 Hybrid 60-65 Days)

Distinctive variegated foliage sets this plant apart from all of the others. The boldly striped, snack-sized peppers are one of the sweetest we have ever trialed. Uncommon fruits start off with bands of light and dark green, later developing the red giving it the ‘candy cane’ appearance, edible at any stage. Exceptionally crisp, elongated fruits grow to 3-5 inches. Unbelievably yummy right off the plant. Try keeping them in a container just outside your door!

20 seeds  

PLANTING

Capsicum annuum

Germination: 10-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures slow germination time.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep

Starting Indoors:  8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 18-24” apart after the last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas

How much does a packet plant: 20-25 foot single row  

Harvest: Use a sharp instrument to cut the peppers from the plant. Pick the first fruits when they reach usable size, this helps accelerate the growth of the other peppers on the plant. Leave some peppers on the plant to mature so they can change color and sweeten up.

Tips: Pinch-off early flowers or tiny fruit on any seedlings before placing them in the ground. Plant in fertile soil, amend with compost if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form.

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