King Arthur Bell Pepper is a hybrid, sweet pepper variety that produces heavy yields of extra-large bell peppers. This variety has one of the best disease-resistance packages for any bell pepper. As a result, it is widely-adapted to any growing zone and will continue to produce throughout the entire warm growing season.
King Arthur Bell Pepper produces blocky peppers with a thick wall. Peppers are initially green and will mature to red if left on the plant. The plants are extremely vigorous and produce a significant amount of foliage to protect the fruits from sunburn. Due to the extra-large size, this is a great variety for stuffing or making large slices for stir-fries and salads.
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.
King Arthur 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 Resistance: Bacterial Leaf Spot, Potato Virus Y