I’m growing a few different peppers this year and I’m having a hard time deciding which is my favorite so far. I really don’t have any past experience to draw from since this is the first time that I’ve tried anything like this and had any success at all. I’ve got a Lilac sweet pepper that is shaped like a bell pepper and it’s really beautiful. It starts off Ivory, then goes to the lilac (and stays lilac the longest) then ends up crimson. I can’t wait to taste it. I’m also growing a beautiful Chilly Chili: which is listed as an edible ornamental. It looks like it should be hot, but it’s not – mildly sweet but so colorful and so much fun to put them in a salad. Then I have a Red Cherry Sweet Pepper:. It’s really bright bright red and shaped like a cherry and about the size of a large walnut. I also have Big Bertha:, Red Bell: and Yellow Bell:. All of these are growing in containers and seem to be doing well. I did have a bit of a worry last week when I noticed some brown spots on the yellow and red bell’s leaves, but they seem fine. Oh, before I forget, I’m also growing a sweet “Gypsy”: and I actually got to eat one of them a few days ago – mighty tasty indeed! So, with all of these, I would have to say that right now my favorite is the lilac pepper simply because the color is really truly “lilac” and very attractive.
I’m growing one Sunrise Golden Sweet Bell Pepper; I was growing more, but the rest got hailed on. The kale put a big protective leaf out of the one I have left. They are supposed to do well in the north, but they’re doing terribly. Nothing else died because it was big enough to fend for itself in the hail storm.
I have several mystery peppers of unknown origin. They came in from the worm castings. They’re probably sweet peppers because if they were hot chilis we’d have eaten their seeds. More showed up in the garden after the hail, so I’ve just lost track of how many pepper plants there are. I’m assuming they’re bells of some sort. But they could be either Red, Orange, or Purple bells. Or, they could be those little round golf-ball sized red peppers that are a little hotter. Or seeds of some chilis could have gotten into the mix and they could be more chilis. I won’t know until they get far enough along to produce fruit.
Red Knight from Johnny’s Selected Seeds…outstanding in size, production and thick-walled nice tasty peppers.
*Labrador": for yellow peppers.
*Gypsy": for early and season-long prolific production of sweet thinner walled peppers. Very dependable and great for all purpose pepper, including freezing and grilling, although the thicker walled *Red Knight": and others listed above are superior for grilling due to thicker walls.
I’ve been growing these four as our “core” peppers for a couple of years and always have good results.
I am growing mostly bells, because I am still stubbornly trying to replicate the good harvest I had many years ago. This year, I planted Big Red, California Wonder, Candente, Crispy Hybrid, Sweet Chinese Giant, Chardonnay, Chocolate Beauty, Diamond, Mercury, Orange Sun, Purple Beauty, Sunsation, Super Heavyweight, Sweet Banana, and Tequila. Hopefully, some of them will do well.
This year I’m doing
Red Ruffles (staple, I love them!)
Chili de Arbol
Guajillo (AKA ‘Chili de Comidia’)
Little Blue (the only hybrid in my garden this year, and it’s because I want to attempt to grow this one out and stabilize it).
I am growing Carnival Mix Bellsand for hot, Hot Lemon Peppers, Jalepeno M, and Poblanos. I like bell peppers the best. They go great in just about everything. I chose this mix because they look beautiful on the package. We will see! About 60% of them came up. I think that will be plenty. I am getting ready to swap for some Marconi peppers. They are my second favorite, and I can’t find them here.
I’m growing Jimmy Nardelo’s Sweet peppers.
I didn’t like the bell peppers that I grew last year, and I started to think that perhaps I don’t like peppers at all, but I found some Jimmy Nardelo’s at the farmer’s market, and I really like them. Maybe I just don’t like bells.
The Jimmy Nardelo’s are thin-walled, fry up nicely, and are nice and crisp when eaten raw out of hand. And they have a great history: http://myfolia.com/plants/74-sweet-pepper/varieties/4153-jimmy-nardellos
I am not fond of bells either and need to grow some other kinds of sweet peppers next year. Hubby likes his bells, though, so I keep trying for him.
Katxena, one of the reasons that I like Marconi peppers, is that they resemble bell peppers in taste, at least when they are green, with a hint of a smoky flavor, and they are also thin skinned, and they grew quite well in the container garden that I had at the time. They do seem to like a lot of water.
Thanks for the description TR! I’ll keep them in mind for next year.
I also like the Nardelos, I have a plant that is just starting to die on me after leaving it unattended for 3 years. I could probably prune it and repot it to keep it going, but I will have this year’s peppers soon enough.
My absolute favorite is the Orange Bell given to the Seed Saver’s Exchange by Alex Heklar in 1989. Catalog number 1044. I planted some about four years ago that tasted pretty good. I got overwhelmed with school and quit watering them and noticed that the new fruits were much smaller, but tasted a lot better. Now I almost never water them. I think I was a little too hard on them last year because one of them died in the summer. (3 or 4 years old)
I occasionally grow the Napoleon Sweet peppers also, the flavor is not as good as the orange bell, but it grows more fruits than any other pepper plant that I have ever seen, and it is a small plant.
I avoid planting hot peppers so they don’t cross with my sweet peppers. My mom is allergic to capsaicin. I do however have a chili pequin that sprouted up wild in my yard. I keep it in a container away from my other plants.
I have pretty much given up on the bells because they don’t do well in my garden. My dad grew beautiful ones, so I think it is the soil more than the climate.
This year I will be growing:
Alma Paprika, California Wonder, Chinese Giant, Corno di Toro, Cubanelle, Golden Treasure, Lipstick, Marconi Red, Sweet Banana,Tolli’s Sweet, Red Cheese, and Yellow Cheese.
I think my favourite are the Sweet Banana. They are nothing spectacular taste-wise but still better than anything from the grocery store and are consistently productive. Oddly enough, my husband likes the paprika peppers for fresh eating. Then again, he eats the Principe Borghese tomatoes(generally used for sun-dried tomatoes) off the vine and says those are good as well.
I’m trying Mini Bells again. They’re assorted Miniature Green, Red, & Yellow Bell Peppers. We Grill them and they are so good. I’ve been known to pick a dozen with a flashlight, toss them on a grill and have a snack at 10pm. Jimmy Nardello peppers are incredible, grilled with olive oil and seasoned pepper,
I’m growing both sweet and hot peppers, right now I have grown from seed:
I’m planning on seeding some habanyeros (red, chocolate and yellow/orange) after I’m done transplanting my tomato crop.
Has anyone planted marconi peppers?
Do they grow just like the bells?
Any advice would be truly appreciated :-)
Well these are the ones I have germinating and started now. Sure they’ll be more. Trinidad Scorpion’ Butch-T,California wonder Red Pepper,Cherry Bomb Pepper,,yellow Banana Pepper,Sofia sweet pepper
Tam Jalapenos Peppers.
I’ll soon start my tomatoes and other things, then back to some peppers.
Last year I’d say was my first good pepper year. I grew two kinds (Sweet Chocolate and Red Apple)
In response to that, this year I’m growing
Pizza (thick walled, mild jalepeno)
am no sure what am going to grow as yet as planning to grow some real heavy sweet peppers so still looking about trying to work out what all the opions of what kind there is out there and where to get the best mammouth /giant seeds
I know this response is waaaay past the time you would have planted your peppers, but I wanted to let you know that for large, thick walled sweet peppers, I’ve had the BEST results with Ferry Morse’s Garden Leader Monster Bell Peppers. They do well when others fail and they produce abundantly. They taste good too. I had some other large varieties growing last year, but I was traveling and when I got back in town,a lot of my plants had died after weeks of neglect, so I’m not sure how they would have done. I’m trying some of them again this year, but since I know I’m going to be out of the country for a few weeks, I’ll try to make sure I have an irrigation system in place and I have someone come over to pick the produce, so that the plants keep producing. After that, maybe I will have some other suggestions. In the meantime, I hope this info helps.