Pepper, Ornamental Pepper
Scientific Name: Capsicum annuum L.
Show Larger Picture
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
Frost Tolerance: Need some frost protection in Phoenix in winter
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: South america
Growth Habits: Short lived perennial to 2 feet
Watering Needs: Infrequent deep watering
The Peppers of all sorts are paticularly adapted to the southwest weather. They are probably the easiest vegetable to grow here in Phoenix, and some varieties are highly decorative.
Peppers are not heavy feeder, fertilize the soil before planting them and then feed them a couple of times with commercial fertilizer.
Start indoor in a warm location (75° F/24° C) from the end of December to February. Move seedlings to a sunny place. Plant the 8-10 weeks old seedlings outside in March or April, being careful to harden them off gradually by exposing them gradually to outdoor conditions.
The Essential Gardener