Mini Bell chocolate is an organically grown, very productive, low growing, strong plant and it produces a prolific amount of small, bell pepper-shaped fruits that grow to about 4 - 5 cm in size. The delicious, sweet flavoured peppers ripen from dark green to chocolate brown. This easy and fast growing variety is very well suited for growing in cooler climates. It can also be grown outdoors in large pots on a sunny spot with some shelter. Harvest the sweet peppers regularly to prolong the flowering and growing of new fruits till the end of summer.
Sweet pepper is a very healthy and versatile vegetable. Sweet pepper contains a.o.: vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B11, C and E. And the minerals: calcium, phosphor, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, sodium and zinc. Sweet pepper also contains some fibres, capsicum, antioxidants and little calories. Red sweet peppers contain the largest concentration of nutrients of all sweet pepper colours. You can cook, steam, stir-fry, grill, roast and prepare sweet peppers in the oven. You can also fill sweet peppers with for example rice or minced meat. You can use sweet peppers raw in salads, as bite to eat or as a healthy snack. You can also make a soup with sweet pepper that is very delicious both hot or cold. The flavour of sweet pepper combines very well with a.o.: eggs, yogurt, pineapple, nuts, olive oil, cheese, beef, chicken, lamb, pork, minced meat, hot red pepper, onions, parsley, vinegar, coriander, rice, garlic, ginger, oregano, thyme, pasta, cumin, lemon, apple, potatoes, red and white wine, prawns, salmon, tuna-fish, nutmeg and soy sauce. Sweet pepper combines very well with other vegetable as: cucumber, lettuce, aubergine, peas, sweet corn, mushrooms, tomatoes, courgette, celery, carrot and leek. Non hardy annual. Height: 60 - 65 cm.
|Scientific name||Capsicum annuum|
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|Days till harvest||75 - 85|
Indoor sowing: february - april
Germination: 7 - 14 days
Germination temp. : 22 - 25°C
Sowing depth: shallow - ½ cm
Replanting: 2 - 3 weeks after sowing
Transplanting: after the Ice Saints
Plant distance: 40 - 50 cm
Plant position: greenhouse or glashouse
Days till harvest: 75 - 85
Soak, for a faster germination, the seeds about 12 hours prior to sowing in tepid water. This softens the seeds and make the germination a bit easier. Sow from february on in trays with some moist pottingsoil. Sow shallow and thinly and cover the seeds with a tiny layer of soil. Put the trays in a propagator with lid to keep the temperature as even and constant as possible. This helps also with the germination. Don't let the temperature drop during the night. Remove the lid when the seedlings emerge. Keep moist, warm and light. Transplant the seedlings to large, individual pots after approx. 2 - 3 weeks.
Transplant Your seedlings, after the Ice Saints have gone (half may), and there's no longer any danger of nightsfrost, outdoors in a greenhouse or hothouse. Sweet peppers love warmth and they need a lot of warmth, sunlight and shelter for a good harvest. Give Your plants a sturdy support and from the moment the fruits are going to set each week some liquid fertilizer. Harvest the sweet peppers by cutting them with scissors of the plant or by twisting them of the plant.