peppers are used fresh in hot sauces and chilies, dried or ground for
cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, as a flavor in oil & vinegar,
and strung on a string as an attractive southwestern style decoration
called a ristra. Plants producing either yellow or green peppers that
turn to a dark red are decorative in the garden with what seems like hundreds
of peppers on each plant.
When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost when air temperature is at least 70° F and soil temperature is at least 65° F.
When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost. In USDA zones 9 & 10, can also sow in midsummer for fall crop.
Harvesting: Harvest when peppers are 1" - 6" long. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting, or wear gloves to harvest peppers.
Artist: Pat Fostvedt