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Sweet pepper 'Big John'

Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

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Belonging to the Capsicum genus (Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) 'Big John'), Big John is a variety of Sweet pepper. 'Big John' is considered a hybrid cultivar.

Introduced in 1999 by Harris Seeds, Big John is an F1 hybrid sweet bell pepper that ripens from green to red and can be harvested roughly 76 days after transplant. Its fruit are large and uniform in shape and size. Information gathered from NMSU.

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 John 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 John originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Big John Sweet pepper is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Big John have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Big John

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Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Big John is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Big John are Zone 9 and Zone 11. Planting Big John in potting mix, loamy and silty soil with a ph of between 5.5 and 7.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Big John from seed

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) between Sweet pepper plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

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

Transplanting Big John

As Big John is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Big John

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