Sweet Pepper, 'Doe Hill'
(Capsicum annuum) A 19th century family heirloom from the Appalachian town of the same name (population 75) in Highland County, VA, Doe Hill reminds us of a sunset orange version of a sheepnose pimento type mini bell. Averaging about 5 lobes it has surprisingly thick flesh for its diminutive size and just fantastic, very sweet flavor. Early and prolific it is borne on short bushy 2-2 ½ ’ plants that don’t require much in the way of support. This one is wonderful for crudite plates, to skewer and grill, and just begs to be stuffed with some deliciousness and served as an appetizer.
80-90 days. UO
Packet: ~30 seeds
Product Code: PEP-DH-pkt
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Indoors, 5-8 weeks before your last frost date.
Transplant out after danger of frost (50+ nighttime temps).
Note: Protect well from the cold!
12-18" spacing in rows 18" apart.
10-14 days @ soil temp 70-85F
Moderate. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil with ample phosphorous and calcium and a pH between 6.5-6.8.
Pepper seeds will germinate very slowly and poorly in cold soil.
Use a floating row cover to keep plants warmer during the day and as protection from cold nights.
Harvesting ripe fruit consistently will encourage fruit production.