Bayonet Bell Pepper is a hybrid pepper variety with high yields of uniform, consistently-sized peppers. This variety has an excellent disease package that includes resistance to tobacco mosaic virus and tomato spotted wilt virus. Fruits are thick-walled, blocky, and average 3 1/2″ tall by 3 1/2″ wide. Bayonet Bell Pepper was developed for tight-packing into shipping boxes due to its consistent, square shape. Plants produce bountiful yields throughout the entire growing season and exhibit relative cold-tolerance during cool periods. It also has a tight leaf canopy which prevents fruits from getting damaged with sunburn. Fruits begin green and mature to red when left on the plant.
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.
Bayonet Bell 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: Bacterial Leaf Spot, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus