Gypsy Pepper is a hybrid, sweet pepper variety that was developed by crossing an Italian bullhorn pepper and bell pepper. This prolific pepper variety has a sweet flavor with no heat. Gypsy is great for frying or using raw in salads, vegetable trays or dips.
Gypsy Pepper has vigorous plants that are resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Plants produce loads of 4″ fruits with wide shoulders and a sharp taper. Fruits are initially green and will ripen to yellow, orange and red if left on the plant. The flavor intensity will increase as the color darkens. In the peak production of the plant, you’ll have a beautiful display with all the above mentioned colors.
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.
Gypsy 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: 65
Disease Resistance: Tobacco Mosaic Virus