Chili pepper 'Nepalese Bell'

Capsicum annuum longum group

How to grow Chili pepper 'Nepalese Bell'

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Belonging to the Capsicum baccatum species, this cultivar will not experience cross-pollination with cultivars from the Capsicum annuum complex, to whom most of the cultivated chili peppers and bell peppers belong.
As chili peppers do not need a second plant for pollutiohn, this is no problem at all, but maybe it could even be an advantage for you: if it is the only C. baccatum plant in your garden, you can use the seeds from your own crop without the risk of cross-pollinated seeds which would lead to a different plant.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Nepalese Bell 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. Planting Nepalese Bell in loamy and sandy soil with a ph of between 7.0 and 8.5 is ideal for as it does best in neutral soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Nepalese Bell from seed

Soak seeds in a solution of 950 ml. of warm water, with about 3 METRIC tsp. of Salt Petre for at least 3 hours. (1 Qt. and 1 Tbs.) NEVER use peat cups or peat seed starter for any pepper seeds. Use a least a Cactus Mix, Orchid Mix.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Nepalese Bell about 38 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Nepalese Bell

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

Harvesting Nepalese Bell

Chili pepper Nepalese Bell Etymology

NEPALESE BELLS are so named not because they are sweet bell peppers, but because their unusual shape is reminiscent of the traditional bells found in that Himalyan nation.