Sweet Pepper, 'Lesya'
(C. anuum) A variety native to Ukraine, 'Lesya' was an absolute knockout for us in 2022, hanging heavy with thick walled, sweet, fruits perfect for roasting or eating raw. The shape is adorable: plump and round with a protruded, pointy blossom end. Look up this variety online and you will find a myriad of claims that it is "the sweetest pepper in the world". We won't make that claim (I'm not sure why people feel the need to, as they create unrealistic expectations) but make no doubt, Lesya is a very sweet and delicious pepper. It is quite remarkable in its productivity and we recommend staking to provide support. Originally developed and released by the Bilous family from the village of Prysluch (about halfway between Kyiv and Lviv in western Ukraine).
90 days. UO
Packet: 30 seeds
Product Code: PEP-LY-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.