Sweet Pepper, Peace Bell (Organic)
Capsicum annuum. Green to Red. 80 days.
Peace Bell is a big red bell pepper with that classic blocky bell shape and sweet, tasty fruit. We have been looking for a red bell pepper to add to our offerings for a very long time, but found that most open-pollinated varieties were too late maturing, with low yields and a high percentage of blemished fruit. Peace Bell bucks that trend with tall plants that are dense and loaded with fruit. Provides remarkably good yields in our outdoor growing conditions, and would probably do even better in a greenhouse. The large yields can be heavy for the plants, so we recommend staking or tying them up to help avoid broken branches. Good leaf cover reduces the ubiquitous sun-scald problems that can afflict many bell pepper varieties. In 2022 we had a difficult late wet spring and Peace Bell still came through to produce hundreds of pounds of beautiful, delicious peppers. Then we got lucky and experienced a late dry fall and found that Peace Bell continually ripens fruit all the way until frost – we harvested the last green bell peppers for Thanksgiving. Good flavor and culinary characteristics, whether used green or red. They are great stuffed, stir fried, and raw in salads. Bred over the last decade by Peace Seeds and Peace Seedlings in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots when they have their first two true leaves. Transplant out into the garden after danger of frost has passed, typically late May in western Oregon.
To save seed, wait until fruit is fully ripe. Remove seeds from fruit and dry. Isolate from other pepper varieties of the same species by at least 500 feet.