Heirloom and Open-pollinated seeds



Capsicum annuum

min qty 0.2g

Pimento peppers, also known as cherry peppers or red peppers, are a type of sweet pepper that originated in the Caribbean. They are typically about 2-3 inches long, and have a mild, sweet flavor with a slight hint of spiciness. They are often used in salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish. Pimentos are also a key ingredient in pimento cheese and are frequently used as a stuffing for olives. They are generally considered a mild pepper and have a Scoville rating of 100-500. Pimento pepper has been grown in the Caribbean, Central and South America for centuries, and it is also widely cultivated in the southern United States.

70-80 days. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil for planting your pimento peppers. The soil should have a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8. Plant your pimento pepper seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Fill seed trays or pots with seed compost and sow the seeds on the surface. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Keep the seed trays or pots in a propagator or cover them with a plastic bag to maintain humidity. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into pots and grow them on in a greenhouse or sunny windowsill until all risk of frost has passed. When the weather has warmed up, and all danger of frost has passed, you can transplant the pimento pepper seedlings into the garden. Space them about 18 inches apart in rows that are about 24 inches apart. Water the pimento peppers regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Pimento peppers need about an inch of water per week. Fertilize the pimento peppers with a balanced fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks. Pinch off the tips of the plants when they reach about a foot tall to encourage bushiness. Once the peppers are fully ripe, they will be bright red and plump. Harvest the pimento peppers by cutting them off the plant with scissors or pruning shears. Be careful not to damage the plant while harvesting.