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Sweet pepper 'Jimmy Nardello'  

Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

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Jimmy Nardello is a popular variety of Sweet pepper, which belongs to the Capsicum genus (Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) 'Jimmy Nardello'). 'Jimmy Nardello' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Dark red.

From SSE:

The seeds for this variety were give to SSE by Jimmy Nardello who lived in Naugatuck, Connecticut until his death in 1983. His family had been growing these peppers in that region ever since coming to the U.S. Mr. Nardello’s mother originally brought the seeds with her when she immigrated to the U.S. in 1887 with her husband Guiseppe. They came from the small village of Ruoti in the Basilicate region of southern Italy. One of the very best for frying. Productive 24" plants are loaded with 10-12" long peppers.

Heat Scale: Sweet…0-1-2-3-4-5…Hot.


80-90 days from transplant.

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual/Perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Jimmy Nardello is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.46 feet (that's 45.0 cm in metric) with a shrub-like habit. This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Italy is believed to be where Jimmy Nardello originates from.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet pepper is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Jimmy Nardello

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Jimmy Nardello 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 Jimmy Nardello are Zone 9 and Zone 11. Ensure your soil is potting mix, loamy and silty and has a ph of between 5.5 and 7.5 as Sweet pepper is a weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing Jimmy Nardello from seed

Start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.39 inches (1.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Jimmy Nardello about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Jimmy Nardello

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

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Jimmy Nardello about 0 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Jimmy Nardello

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer.

Other Names for Sweet pepper 'Jimmy Nardello'

Nardello, Jimmy nardello’s italian frying pepper, Jimmy nardello’s sweet italian frying pepper

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