Pepper, Derksen

Capsicum annuum
SKU: 0146A P25
  • Organic
  • Medium high heat
  • Short-statured plants
  • Fruit averages 2.3" long by 1.3" wide
  • New for 2017 - Heritage Farm Collection Variety

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Short-statured plants with fruit averaging 2.3" long, 1.3" wide. Small, conical, bell-like shape fruit, green ripening to red. Medium-high heat, good flavor.

This variety was donated by Dennis Derksen, who got it from his parents, who received it from a sister-in-law, Anna Derksen. The pepper is from Anna’s family; it came to the U.S. from Russia in the 1850s with German Mennonites who settled near Mountain Lake, Minnesota. Dennis’ wife Mary cans pickled green peppers which have a special place at meals during family gatherings and holidays.

Learn to Grow it

You should start plants indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost date for transplanting them into the garden. Plant them outdoors 2-4 weeks after your last expected frost.

Plant your seeds 1/4-1/2 in. deep in soil trays or pots. Transfer them to 3-4 in. pots when their true leaves appear. When transplanting, bury seedlings up the stems up to their leaves.

Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.

These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.