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Matchbox Pepper

Capsicum annuum
Small fruits in greens, yellows, and reds cover sprawling, low, bushy plants.

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Matchbox Peppers are fiery. But, they've got a sweet side, too: with skins more substantial than a Cayenne, they hold more flavor, and become slightly sugary-hot when ripe. The plants are unbelievably pretty; their dozens of bright red fruit look outstanding against the plants profusion of tiny, slightly waxy leaves. Its thicker skin means that Matchbox does not dry as easily as Cayenne, but it will do fine in a dehydrator. A couple plants will keep you in chiles all season--or all year.

This compact and decorative plant is a terrific option for container gardens.

Number of Seeds 25 seeds
Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 75 days from transplant
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, then transplant 3 weeks after last frost. Requires heat for germination, which can take 10-14 days. Transplant once weather has settled, usually 2 weeks after tomatoes have been transplanted (peppers will tolerate earlier transplanting but won't grow much).

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