~ SWEET PEPPER Seeds ~
In the UK, you need really early peppers. After searching for many years, we are pleased to offer a range that are very quick to fruit, taste great,and do well in our dodgy summers.
Please order your seeds in time. You really need to plant them by the start of March at the very latest to have any chance of a decent crop.
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= normal sowing & harvest time = also possible depending on conditions
TIP: An electric propagator is ideal for starting pepper seed, but if you don't have one, you can still get excellent results by improvising with a warm airing cupboard, a radiator shelf or anywhere that is around 25-30C for at least a few hours in each day. (But beware that sunlight on a propagator can increase temperatures greatly, much hotter would cook your seeds!)
Once germinated, the seedlings will grow on at lower temperatures. We find we can grow excellent plants when our propagator is full by starting seed on the counter next to our Rayburn & then growing on in a sunny windowsill.
Amy ( Pale Yellow)
A lovely early wax (=yellow) pepper, with a blocky-pointed shape, the kind traditionally grown all over central Europe. This one is from the Czech Republic, and it's very productive with loads of fruit per plant. One of our long-standing favourite varieties, it's great fresh in salads or cooked.
Sweet and productive, pick when young and yellow for an early crop, or leave them to ripen to deep red (it does go red later).
18 seed £
Karkulka Sweet Paprika Pepper
Very early, intensely dark red variety. It makes impressive clusters of smaller peppers on quite small plants, and was one of the earliest to fruit in our 2018 trials. (the blue string in the photo just shows it was a specially good plant to breed from)
Without any heat at all, and selected to have thin walls that dry easily, as it is often dried and ground to make sweet (not spicy) paprika.
Very deep red. Great to add colour and flavour to your cooking.
20 seed £
Semaroh SPECIAL PRICE
We discovered this lovely sweet pepper in 2010; the plants are compact and it looks great covered in the ripening yellow-orange fruit, which finish up deep red, although they are tasty at all stages.
It is unusual to find an early-fruiting variety of this shape pepper, but Semaroh does well in the UK: the plants are early and productive, with lots of foot-long pointy sweet peppers.
22 seed £NOTE: We also have its evil twin, a very similar but outrageously hot pepper called Ohnivec, over on the chillies page.
This is a long standing favourite of ours. Lipstick is an ultra-early sweet pepper bred specifically for cooler climate market gardeners and it does very well in the UK. We have now reselected the original strain for bigger meatier peppers, and that is the seed we are now offering you - it's really good!
The small plants quickly set lots of 4" pointy green fruit which ripen to a truly lipstick-red colour. They're tasty, sweet and delicious raw or cooked.
Pointy, good thick flesh, early to fruit.
14 seed, £
This is a hugely popular red pepper grown all over Eastern Europe and round the Middle East. It's widely adapted and you will recognise it as the large sweet pointy peppers sold in jars in supermarkets. It is particularly suited to roasting or char-grilling, but is also very nice just sliced and fried as normal.
There are many versions of this classic pepper in different countries, and we have here seed of an excellent strain maintained in The Netherlands.
Pointy, sweet, productive.
at least 20 seed, £
This is a beautiful chocolate-brown sweet bell pepper. Again, this was bred specifically for gardeners in more difficult climates.
The incredible colour comes from a purple skin overlaying a sweet brick-red flesh. It looks amazing sliced in salads, but is also excellent cooked. We love it roasted, which really brings out the delicious sweet flavour.
Famous for its earliness and sweetness even in cool climates - the chocolate-coloured skin helps it absorb whatever sunlight there is available.
Beautiful and delicious.
18 seed £
We released this in 2009, and we think it is still the best-flavoured, meatiest pepper that we've got.
It is from the Antonov family farm in central Bulgaria where it has been grown for generations. The original seed was given to us by Mitko Antonov - from his seed we selected several lines, and from those we have bred this new variety.
It's great - the plants are very quickly covered in medium-sized juicy red bells, with very thick crisp flesh, and a particularly satisfying flavour. They are also excellent used green earlier in the season.
A new orange bell pepper for 2021, making thick walled bell peppers 3 to 4 inches in diameter, the plants are quite short but even so may need staking to support the weight of all the peppers!
An early and sweet strain suitable for the UK.
18 seed £
'Golden Cal Wonder'
An old heirloom dating from the 1920s, and one of the best yellow bell peppers. This one has particularly sweet flesh, and the blocky-four lobed fruit are produced on sturdy short plants, which are just crammed with peppers. Outstanding!
ripens from green to yellow, sweet!
at least 20 seed £
Sweet Hungarian Wax (Very Pale Yellow)
This is the sweet type of what is known as a "Hungarian Wax" pepper, because it is a pale yellow, almost a translucent white colour. It is an early variety, making lots of peppers.
The beautiful fruit have a wide, pointed cone shape and are extremely tasty. Very productive (you may need to stake the plants or the weight of fruit can pull them over!) and good fresh in salads or used in cooked dishes, with a great 'pepper' flavour.
Sweet and productive, pick when pale yellowy-white
18 seed £
Purple peppers are great, but we had to search high and low to find a really early variety
This variety is great - very early, and it makes sweet blocky bells that really are such a deep purple they appear almost black. The picture is not photoshopped!
Delicious both raw and cooked, ideal for pepper sticks served with dips.
Great both cooked or raw , truly purple, and early.
20 seed £
'Napia' Early Pointy Red Pepper
This is another incredibly early red pepper, with pointy red fruit and spirally curled-up tips like a turkish slipper.
It has really good thick, crunchy sweet flesh, & we like it best raw rather than cooked.
It was given to us by a Bulgarian student many years ago. It has always done very well in our trials, consistently coming ready in the very first group of peppers.
18 seed £
~ MORE UNUSUAL SWEET PEPPERs ~
'Dedo de Mocha' Sweet Ají
A hot pepper without the heat, from pepper expert Jeff Nekola. Ají are a different species: Capsicum baccatum. This is one of the largest-fruited of our Ají peppers, the beautiful fruit are shiny, almost waxy in appearance and glow a deep red when ripe.
Incredibly productive, & a favourite every year, we like it grilled and served with olive oil. Without the heat, subtle undertones of Ají flavour come out, with distinct smokey tastes being the most obvious.
One of the easier of our unusual / rare peppers to grow, though you do need a polytunnel or greenhouse. If you want a challenge - it can be overwintered if you keep it frost-free - we did have one plant that made it to 3 years old and in its last year it made over 270 peppers!
We have had a couple of reports last year of stressed plants making some heat near the seeds. But in normal conditions this should be classed as a sweet pepper.
Very rare, pretty easy to grow. Gently smokey Aji. Not hot - mostly: the occasional pepper is warm, especially towards the end of the season, or with plants in their second or third year.
18 seed £
PS: The name of this traditional variety translates
roughly as 'Amputated Fingers' , which is fair enough given the shape and colour, but seems to be in
Saving Sweet Pepper Seed:
Peppers (both hot and sweet) do cross very easily,
so if you want to save seed you need to either grow only one variety,
or keep the insects out. Either use a net cage, or even easier, bag individual flowers.
You really do need to do this!
Any crosses between the sweet peppers and chillies will be hot the first year, then all mixed up thereafter . . .
However, if the plants were isolated, the seed-saving
bit is really pretty easy.
Let the pepper get to its final ripe colour (which may not be what you expect!),
cut it open, and flick out the seeds.
Leave them to air dry, and then dry them properly so they don't die in storage. That's it!
There are more detailed home-seed saving guides (printable) over to the left of this page,
in the box titled 'SeedSaving', with sheets on drying and storing your seed too.
And of course, seed-saving is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.