Sunday, July 19, 2009

Peppers...

A strong recommendation for California Wonder Fat and Sassy (oops!) bell peppers (TGS carries them). Even at the height of the doldrums in in Central FLA, this pepper is setting tons of new fruit and ripening thick-walled, squarish but otherwise classic bells. First time I've ever had luck with traditional bells. So far the only drawback is that it's such a heavy producer that I've had several plants break from the weight of the fruit during heavy rains.

This one gets added to the short list of sweet peppers I grow that includes Trinidad seasoning pepper and Sweet Spot X3R (and plenty of open-pollinated hot peppers)...
Sweet Spot X3R Hybrid #9660 (30 seeds) $3.35 Click Here for Large Quantity Pricing.
This high-yielding banana type pepper produces an incredible harvest of mild, sweet peppers about 8 in. long and 2 in. wide with much better size and thicker walls than open-pollinated banana types. Peppers may be enjoyed at any color stage-yellow, orange, or bright red. Tall plants resist 3 races of Bacterial Spot. 70 days. (More Sweet Peppers)
I'm trying out Flexum from TGS this year, too. It's a very interesting plant--the leaves are much broader and darker than most peppers, and it sets fruit that points upward (tips to the sky, base to the ground) from axils (where the petioles meets the main stem). The fruit is pale cream, almost white. Exotic looking--when I first saw the fruit, I thought I'd mislabled it as a pepper. Haven't picked one yet (got it in very late), but it looks to be full of potential, though not particularly vigorous. We'll see how the flavor comes out.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love your site, and really appreciate all your reviews of seeds you use. I was wondering what company TGS is, I am interested in purchasing some of the peppers you recommended. Thanks in advance.

Central FLA Gardener said...

tgs=Tomato Growers Supply, wwww.tomatogrowers.com... best site for tomatoes and peppers.

reads4kix said...

I am involved in a voluteer project and we have approximately 72 Flexum pepper plants and they are producing wonderfully. The peppers have gotten very nice size - 6" - 7" long and some have started to turn red now as well. They taste wonderfully. Have been a great seller for us at the vegetable stand.