Pepper 'Mandarin' 4 Inch

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It's always a bit eyebrow-raising when one sees the price for organically grown sweet bell peppers. To avoid sticker shock, consider growing 'Mandarin' bell pepper, a lovely orange-red when fully mature. True, you'll need patience and a lot of sun to bring these sweet peppers to a fully ripe state, but they will be worth it. Bell pepper aficionados often recommend heating up the soil prior to planting by placing black plastic over the garden plot about a week before putting the pepper plants in. Another option is to plant them where they'll get reflected heat off a wall or fence. Mandarin peppers may be picked while green, but for sweeter flavor and more vitamin C, be patient and let them stay on the bush until fully orange.

Common Name: Mandarin Bell Pepper
Culinary Uses: Same as any sweet bell peppers
Harvest Time: 75 - 80 days
Mature Size: 18" - 24" tall. Fruit is 5" - 6" long
Growth Rate: Moderate
Cold Hardiness: Frost sensitive perennial grown as an annual
Light: Full sun
Structure: Upright
Photos: Real images, not stock photos
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