Pick a Mini-Pepper

By Susan Littlefield

Looking for something easy, colorful, and nutritious to pack in your lunch box? Grow the new 'Lunchbox Pepper Series' this season and you'll have an eye-catching array of red, orange, and yellow mini-peppers to brighten a bag lunch, provide a tasty snack, saute as side dish, or add interest to salads.

The seeds of these sweet and intensely flavorful little peppers from Johnny's Selected Seeds are available in separate colors or as a mix. Seeds of all are organically grown.

The peppers may be minis, but the plants themselves are tall, strong, and high yielding. Like all peppers, they relish warmth, so wait until the weather is settled, the soil is warm, and all danger of frost is past before setting out seedlings, usually a couple weeks after the last frost date in your area. Start seeds indoors eight weeks before the set out date and give them bottom heat to speed and improve germination. Days to maturity from transplanting are 55-63 days for green fruits; 75-83 days for mature color.

To find out more about 'Lunchbox' peppers, go to Johnny's Selected Seeds.

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