Pepper - Valencia Orange
This pepper has a bold color and a pleasing, sweet flavor. Attractive American hybrid will produce big yields of 3-4 lobed, blocky green peppers that ripen to a deep tangerine-orange color at maturity. Excellent fresh, stuffed, or sliced. Vigorous and bushy growth habits and high disease resistance.
Water Day/Week -- Water frequently for 2 weeks after setting plants in the garden to establish a good root system. Do not allow pepper plants to wilt; this can stress your plants, reducing yields. A slow, deep watering at the roots about once a week is fine (including Mother Nature's contributions) unless your plants are wilting.
Harvest -- Peppers are ready when they turn a bright orange.
Spacing -- 18 to 24" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 70 days
Feature -- Colorful Peppers
Heirloom Variety -- No
Kid-Friendly -- Yes
Container Friendly -- No
Soil pH -- 6.0 to 6.5
Time to plant -- After danger of frost has passed and temperatures warm
Fertilizer -- Wait until the plants bloom before using fertilizer. Apply 5-10-10 at the recommended rate for pepper plants. Do not over-fertilize and use a low nitrogen mix unless soil test indicates lack of nitrogen.
Pests to avoid -- Aphids, cutworms, tomato hornworm, whiteflies, spider mites
Companions -- Tomatoes, carrots, onion, basil, parsley, marjoram, oregano and petunias
Avoid planting by -- Fennel, beans and cabbage family (especially kohlrabi)