Anaheim Pepper is a mild to medium heat chili pepper with large plants and abundant production. Plants can get quite tall and wide as they grow throughout the warmer months. As a result, they will need a solid trellis to support the large plants and heavy-yields of peppers. Fruits average 5-8″ long and have meaty, thick walls. Fruits will be a light-green color initially, and will mature to a deep, rich red. Anaheim Pepper is a great variety for frying, roasting or making stuffed peppers for the grill. They also dry well and can be used in sauces or spices once dehydrated.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Anaheim Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 60
Disease Tolerance: None