Merlot Purple Bell Pepper is a hybrid variety with a striking, deep purple exterior. This high-yielding pepper variety has plants that reach 2-3′ tall with consistent production throughout the warmer months. Blocky fruits are 5″ x 4″ on average with thick walls. Merlot Purple Bell Pepper begins as a green pepper, but matures to a rich purple color when left on the plant. The interior is green, providing a beautiful contrast when sliced and prepared. This is a great variety for market farmers or CSA operations because of the eye-catching appearance.
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.
Merlot Purple 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: Mosaic Virus, Bacterial Leaf Spot