Chesapeake (Hybrid Sweet Pepper)

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Very early, smooth, blocky fruit change color from dark green to red rapidly.  Extend fresh market harvests throughout early summer until mid fall with high tunnel protection. Pkt contains 25 seeds.

Very early, smooth, blocky fruit change color from dark green to red rapidly.  Tall plant provides excellent fruit cover and matures higher yields of red fruit on stakes than row crop varieties.  Extend fresh market harvests throughout early summer until mid fall with high tunnel protection.  Pkt contains 25 seeds.

PEPPERS - for High Tunnels & Tall Stakes

1/2 lb./227 gr. of seed is required for an acre of transplants,3,500 - 4,000 seeds per oz./28 gr.

Do not use in a closed greenhouse

GREENHOUSE: Sow in hot beds, greenhouse benches or flats from Feb. to Mar. 15th. Germinate in Jiffy Mix or sterilized soil @ 70°F/20°C soil temp. for 14 days. Sow seed about 0.25 in/6 mm deep @ 8 seeds per in/25 mm, cover and firm lightly. Sow as thinly as possible for healthier seedlings. Cover seed flats or benches with plastic to conserve moisture, remove covering as soon as germination occurs. Always use tempered water when watering, apply Captan (commercial growers) and water every 10 days to control damping off. If it occurs treat infected area with raw Captan powder. Transplant seedlings into benches or flats when the true leaves are about 3/8 in/10 mm in diameter. Grow seedlings @ 70°F/20°C, reduce moisture slightly to harden off. Keep peppers in a well ventilated area, and maintain a night greenhouse temp. of above 62°F/17°C. Never let the plants wilt. Root systems are sensitive and rather slow growing so any check in growth will cost you dearly in total yields. Keep the plant warm and encourage growth with liquid fertilizer feedings every 2 weeks.

TRANSPLANT into the field using 4.5 ft/1.5 m stakes in High Tunnels with 6 ft/1.75 m sides 12-18 in/30-45 cm apart in 30 in/75 cm rows after June 15th. Early, cold June nights cause blossoms to drop off before pollination, producing huge bushy plants without peppers. Control cutworms before planting.

CAUTION: If you use a High Tunnel avoid diseased soil areas before you erect it. This variety will develop beautiful uniform red fruit, but it is not tolerant to BLS, mildew or phytophthora. Plants are very vigorous.

HOME GARDEN: This is NOT a greenhouse pepper. Sow as above, no later than Apr. 1st. indoors. Plants grow too slowly for outdoor seeding in northern areas. Do not transplant outside until the nights warm up - in mid June. Choose a warm sandy soil with lots of sun. Keep plants picked to encourage yields. Control aphids during the growing season or grow in an open plastic tunnel to avoid disease and bugs.

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