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AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

We carry dozens of All-America Selections winners, including seven Johnny's-bred varieties -- Jasper Cherry Tomato; Baby Bear Pumpkin; Bright Lights Swiss Chard; Diva Cucumber; Sunshine Kabocha Squash; Bonbon Buttercup Squash; and Carmen Pepper. Read about Johnny's Plant Breeding Program (article by Rob Johnston Jr., Johnny's founder and chairman).

All-America Selections is an independent, nonprofit organization that trials new varieties alongside two or three similar varieties currently on the market, then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners. Submitted vegetable and flower varieties are tested by a geographically divergent network of independent judges to determine whether their garden performance is truly superior, with winners chosen on the basis of scores received from judges at 34 sites in the U.S. and Canada. Johnny's is proud to be an official trial ground site for AAS. (To learn more, visit the All-America Selections website.)

Grows Well in Containers

Grows Well in Containers

Variety does well when grown in a container.

Plant Variety Protected

Plant Variety Protected

Use for cut flowers and bouquets

Use for cut flowers and bouquets

Good variety to choose for fresh cut Flowers displays.

Black Pearl
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Black PearlOrnamental Pepper Seed

257

Product ID: 257

3/4" round, shiny black fruit.

Bushy, upright, and well-branched plants have foliage that is greenish when young and matures to glossy black. The fruit matures to dark red and is very hot to the taste. Use it as an accent in the garden, a focal point in containers, or a startling filler in dramatic bouquets. AAS and Fleuroselect Quality Mark winner. Ht. 14-18". Avg. 6,800 seeds/oz. Packet: 30 seeds.

Product Price Qty
257Packet  $6.95 
257250 Seeds  $43.00 
257500 Seeds  $78.45 
2571,000 Seeds  $147.85 
Backordered until 08/04/15
2575,000 Seeds  $626.50 
Backordered until 08/04/15
25725,000 Seeds  $2,919.00 
Backordered until 08/04/15

Quick Facts

Days to Maturity or Bloom:   85 black, 140 red ripe

Plant Cycle:   (A)  

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AAS (All-America Selections) Winners   Grows Well in Containers   Plant Variety Protected   Use for cut flowers and bouquets  

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Growing Information

Pepper, Ornamental

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 80-90°F (27-32°C).

SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow seeds in 20-row or shallow flats, 4 seeds per inch, 1/4" deep in late March or April, 8-10 weeks prior to transplanting outside. Transplant into cell packs or 3-4" containers when first true leaves are about 1/2" long. Larger pots produce stronger root systems. Grow plants at 70°F (21°C) during the day and 60°F (16°C) at night. Do not over-water, but do not let the leaves wilt. Fertilize the seedlings with fish emulsion or a balanced, soluble fertilizer to maintain a good green color. Harden off seedlings by reducing water and temperature for a week before transplanting out. Set plants outside in June or when the soil is 70°F (21°C) and the weather is settled, about 12-18" apart in rows 24-36" apart, or 2 rows on plastic mulch, 18" between plants. Use of plastic mulch and row covers is recommended.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Light, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 and plenty of phosphorus. Go easy on nitrogen, as an excess produces large plants with few fruits.

PLANT HEIGHT:
Varies.

PLANT SPACING: 12-18" in rows 24-36" apart.

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.

HARVEST: Fresh: After peppers begin to ripen for different color effects.
Dried: Harvest when at least 90% of peppers on stem are red; orange peppers will continue to ripen to red. Hang to dry. For best effect fresh or dried, strip foliage from stems.

USES: On taller varieties, stems with fruit intact are excellent in cut or dried arrangements. Fruit is edible and very hot. Can be dried for use in ristras. For beds, borders, edging, or containers.


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