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Sweet pepper 'Big Dipper'

Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

Big Dipper is part of the Capsicum genus and is a Sweet pepper variety. Its scientific name is Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) 'Big Dipper'. 'Big Dipper' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar.

Big Dipper is an open-pollinated mid-season sweet bell pepper. Its thick-walled, four-lobed 4.5 by 4.5-in/11.45 by 11.45 cm fruit ripen from green to scarlet red roughly 75 days after transplant. Compact, upright plants are productive, resistant to tobacco mosaic virus, and can grow to 24 in/61 cm. 1 2

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Big Dipper is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.46 feet (that's 45.0 cm in metric).

United States is believed to be where Big Dipper originates from.

Typically, Big Dipper Sweet pepper is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

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How to grow Sweet pepper 'Big Dipper'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Big Dipper is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Big Dipper are Zone 9 and Zone 11. Big Dipper requires a potting mix, loamy and silty soil with a ph of 5.5 - 7.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Big Dipper from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.25 inches (0.64 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Big Dipper about 60 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Big Dipper

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Big Dipper is a tender plant.

Harvesting Big Dipper

Sweet pepper 'Big Dipper' information

How long does Big Dipper take to grow?

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