Chocolate Beauty Pepper is an heirloom, open-pollinated pepper variety that produces dark, chocolate-colored bell peppers with exceptional sweetness at maturity. The large, lobed fruits will initially be green and have the traditional flavor of a bell pepper. But as they remain on the plant, they’ll turn a beautiful purple to dark-chocolate color and the flavors will intensify greatly. In addition to being noted as one of the sweetest bell pepper varieties, they also have a crisp texture that makes them great for raw eating or cooking.
Chocolate Beauty Pepper is a great variety for containers, grow bags, raised beds, or other small scale gardens. The plants are medium to large, but produce enough foliage so that they do not require intensive staking. The plants are also resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, making them a great option for growers in challenging climates.
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.
Chocolate Beauty 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: 70
Disease Resistance: Tobacco Mosaic Virus