Cool Peppers for Cool Climates

By Susan Littlefield

Peppers are heat lovers, no doubt about that. They relish a long season of warmth. But gardeners in areas with short growing seasons love peppers, which is why many are always on the lookout for pepper varieties that have been bred to mature quickly.

An exciting new offering comes from High Mowing Organic Seeds. 'Sprinter F1 Hybrid' (pictured) is a bell pepper that consistently ripens a high percentage of bright red, large, blocky, four-lobed fruits, even in short season areas, with high yields over a long harvest window. The compact plants have good leaf cover to prevent sunscald and are resistant to blossom-end rot and russetting. Fruits are ready for picking green in 62 days from transplanting; ripe red fruits are ready in 82 days.

For a vibrantly colored Italian type pepper with a sweet flavor and high yields of ripe fruits, even in short season areas, try High Mowings's new 'Oranos F1 Hybrid' pepper. The medium-size, slender peppers are delicious raw in a salad and have thick walls that make them great for stuffing. Ready for picking green in 60 days, orange in 75 days from transplanting, 'Oranos' had the highest total yields and the highest numbers of ripened fruits in High Mowing's 2010 variety trials in their cool Vermont gardens.

Start pepper seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the set out date. Hardened off transplants can go out in the garden once the soil is warm and all danger of frost is past, usually a week or two after the last frost date. Floating rows covers kept in place until plants begin to flower will help give plants in cool climates an early season boost.

To find out more about these peppers and High Mowing's complete selection of organic seeds, go to: High Mowing Organic Seeds.

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