NC State Floriculture

Ornamental Pepper Cultivar Trial

Brian E. Whipker, Ingram McCall, and James L. Gibson

Listed below are 17 cultivars of ornamental peppers trialed in 5 inch pots at the Horticultural Science greenhouses on the campus of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. They are listed by growth habit.

Seeds were sown on June 9, 1999, and plugs were transplanted on July 7. Plants were pinched 14 days after potting and Sumagic at 10 ppm was applied 2 weeks later as a foliar spray. Plants were evaluated on September 29.

For a detailed description as well as cultural information, click on the specific cultivar below.

Cultivar

Growth Habit

Suitability

Days to Color

Seed Source*

Jigsaw

Tall

Landscape

80

ES

Tri-Fetti

Tall

Landscape

80

TGS

Sweet Pickle

Tall

Landscape

89

TGS

Thai Hot

Tall

Landscape

97

TGS

Poinsettia

Tall

Landscape

104

TGS

Holiday Flame

Medium

Pot

80

B

Masquerade

Medium

Pot

85

B

Super Chili Hybrid

Medium

Landscape or Pot

87

TGS

Starburst

Medium

Landscape or Pot

88

TGS

Filus Blue

Medium

Landscape

89

TGS

Pretty Purple

Medium

Landscape or Pot

89

TGS

Pylon Red

Short

Pot

78

FG

Red Missile

Short

Pot

78

FG

Treasures Red

Short

Pot

84

B

Marbles

Short

Pot

87

TGS

Gion Red

Dwarf

Pot

81

N

Medusa

Dwarf

Pot

88

PA

* Seed Sources

B = Ball Seed- (800) 879-2255,

ES = Enchanted Seeds- (505) 523-6058

FG = Fred C. Gloeckner- (800) 345-3787

N = Novartis- (800) 323-7253

PA = Pan American- (630) 231-1400

TGS = Tomato Growers Supply- (941) 768-1119

We would like to thank Fafard and Scotts for their generous donation of root substrate and fertilizer.

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