Italian Sweet Pepper
Italian Sweet Pepper
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Uses: Italian sweet pepper production
Benefits: Easy to grow. 7" long, conical shaped fruit. 500 SHU rating.
Zones: 3 - 12
Life Cycle: Annual
Mature Height: 36"
Mature Width: 18"
Bloom Season: Summer
Italian Sweet Pepper Plants are world famous for producing beautiful yellow, orange, and red fruit. Due to these variations of color, they're sometimes referred to as "Italian Sunset Peppers".
Their SHU (Scoville Heat Units) rating typically maxes out around 500, so their heat is barely noticeable. Many people find them to be sweeter and less bitter than a bell pepper.
Growing in a somewhat conical shape to around 7" long, their fruit will be ready for harvest once it changes from green into beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red.
Perfect for roasting, frying, freezing, or eating fresh: these peppers have quite the variety of uses. To add more heat to these peppers, try frying them with some of our habaneros or jalapenos.
Italian Sweet Pepper Plant Care
Provide at least 8 hours of full sun daily.
Flower development will occur mid to late summer. Some flowers may be pinched to encourage a bushy plant. Flowers will eventually turn into Italian peppers.
Water regularly after planting or repotting, keeping soil moist but not wet until the plant is established. We suggest attempting to make sure your Italian pepper plant gets about 1" of water every week during periods of growth.
Italian Sweet Pepper plants that get lots of sun and not a lot of water typically produce hotter peppers. Stress, such as not a lot of water, causes the production of capsaicin which results in a higher SHU rating.
This plant is an excellent companion for cucumber!
Planting with tomatoes will repel many pests and attract beneficial insects to your tomato plants.
Do not allow prolonged exposure to temperatures below 50°F. Will die if exposed to frost. Often stunted by any temperatures below 60°F. Does best in temperatures above 65°F and below 95°F.
Size of Italian Pepper Plants for Sale Online
The Italian Sweet Pepper Plants that we sell online will ship in a greenhouse grade grow pot. Each plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. Please contact us with any specific questions.
Size of Italian Sweet Pepper Plant When Fully Grown
Italian Sweet Pepper typically grows to a size of around 24"-36" tall and 14"-24" wide.
Botanical Name of Italian Sweet Pepper
Toxicity and Risks of Italian Sweet Pepper
Italian Sweet Pepper Plants are considered toxic due to the fact that they contain capsaicin. There is a very small amount of capsaicin in Italian Sweet Pepper, so the threat from capsaicin is minimal.
Capsaicin is the chemical in pepper plants that give them their spicy flavor. Too much capsaicin may cause such things as stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, and (in severe cases) death.
Capsaicin is also very irritating to, and may damage the eyes and skin. Use caution when handling jalapenos or touching any part of the plant. Rubber gloves and eye protection may be used as a protectionary measure.
Also, they're members of the nightshade family, and produce toxic alkaloids.
These toxic alkaloids are most present in the unripe fruit, the stem, and the leaves of a pepper plant.
These parts of the plant may cause injury to a person or pet if consumed in high doses.
We normally only ship our live plants on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to help prevent weekend layovers. There is a processing period of up to three days on any order placed. Handmade-to-order wreaths may take up to seven business days to ship after the order is placed. Please check out our Shipping Policy for more information. Feel free to Contact Us with any shipping questions or concerns.