Single Packet of 30 Seeds
Grow a garden filled with King of the North Bell Peppers, from freshly harvested Capsicum annuum seeds. King of the North is popularly sought after for it's early harvest dates, making it the perfect bell pepper for Northern gardeners with short seasons. The plants themselves reach a mature height of roughly 24 to 30 inches tall, producing fair yields of deliciously mild peppers. King of the North peppers have a waxy outer skin, which ripens from green to red in the summer months. Your green bells can be harvested in as little as 60 days, or they can be left to mature at 70 days for a bright red.
King of the North Bell Peppers make an excellent stuffed pepper, due to their large size. Each fruit will range between 3 and 4 inches wide, displaying 4 lobes and thick walls. The plants themselves are categorized as annuals. This means that they will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds, producing leaves and fruits in a single season. The plants will wilt with the first killing frost, late in the Autumn season. Seeds can be collected to regrow the following Spring.
Sowing The Seed
Peppers are best started indoors, in a controlled environment, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow them in peat pots, at a depth of 1/4” under topsoil. Peat pots will allow you to transplant the entire pot directly into the garden when the weather is warm and will also prevent root shock. Check below for additional info on spacing & growth habits.
Pepper plants will thrive in the heat of summer, so they should receive full sunlight for the majority of the day, with temperatures of at least 75F or more. A soil that is rich in organic matter is best, with a pH level of at least 6.2 and 7.0. Also make sure that your sowing medium is well drained, or your plants can wilt due to being waterlogged. Water your pepper seeds daily to provide them with ample amounts of moisture until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
Pepper seeds typically take anywhere between 14 to 28 days to germinate. After your seedlings start to grow, they will mature to an estimated height of roughly 24 to 30 inches tall and spread at least 24 inches wide. On average, Pepper plants can be spaced 18 to 24 inches apart from one another, in rows spaced 18 inches apart. These plants do very well when grown directly in the garden, or in large pots and containers as well.
Harvesting King of the North Bell Peppers
Once the plants are established, your fruits will grow to a size of roughly 4 inches. They ripen from green to chocolate, meaning that they are ready for picking. Simply snip or pick the stems an inch from the fruits and eat fresh, or store them by drying, freezing or pickling / canning. Harvest in roughly 58 to 60 days for green peppers, or 80 days for chocolate.