Single Packet of 100 Seeds
White bells peppers are a rare breed in comparison to bright yellow, green and red cultivars. These peppers are similar in morphology, being square-shaped and displaying 3 to 4 uniform lobes. Each pepper typically measures around 4 to 5 inches in diameter. This variety of pepper is not difficult to grow, being a hardy thick-walled crop. Depending upon where the peppers bell peppers are grown, these plants can be annuals or perennials.
White bell peppers display a pale white-to-yellow color, having a crisp texture and sweet flavor. They are available spring through summer and pair excellently with almost any meat dish, in addition to making a great addition to salsa! It is unclear where White Bell Peppers originate from, however, most bell peppers have historically been mapped to South America.
White bell pepper varieties differ, however, they are known to be sweet. In contrast to green, more bitter varieties, these possess lower amounts of lycopene and carotenoids. This is apparent in color. Fruits and vegetables having high carotenoid and lycopene content are vibrantly colored. Examples of high carotenoid containing foods are carrots, apples, and purple cabbage. One example of a favored white bell pepper is the Holland White Bell Pepper.
They are sensitive to extreme changes in temperature and do well in moist soils, although gardeners should refrain from water-logging soils. Although considered hardy, White Bell Peppers should not be transplanted from soils at temperatures lower than 65 degrees fahrenheit; these peppers are not likely to survive. Other obstacles to growth are aphids and flea beetles, which are the main pests of this crop.
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. 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 Bell Peppers
Once the plants are established, your fruits will grow to a size of roughly 4 to 5 inches. They ripen from a green-yellow to white, 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 80 to 95 days after first sprouts appear.