Mad Hatter Pepper is an extremely unique pepper that is a 2017 All American Selections Winner. It got extremely high scores among judges for its vigor, earliness, high yields, large size, and awesome taste. Commonly known as the Bishop’s Crown Pepper because of its 3 sides that resemble a hat, this plant is a huge producer and can have up to 50 peppers per plant and has a great, light and citrusy crunch with heat close to the seed cavity. Originating from Bolivia and Peru, the Mad Hatter has been widely adapted to grow easily throughout most of the U.S. and matures from green to bright red. Capsicum baccatum. 87 days to maturity.
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.
Mad Hatter Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 24-36″
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 87
Disease Resistance: None