I haven't always had the best of luck growing peppers, but last year I grew a bumper crop. I attribute this to finally discovering the right variety of sweet peppers for my area.
I ordered Takii's Ace Peppers from Pine Tree Seeds last year and started them inside in March. They produced early and continued to produce all summer up until the first killing frost.
Unfortunately, Pine Tree Seeds no longer offers this Takii's Ace Peppers. However, with a little digging I discovered what I believe is the same pepper sold as Ace (F1) by Johnny's Selected Seeds.
Because I had seeds left over from last year, I didn't order any new pepper seeds - but I will need to next year. This pepper is a hybrid which means I won't be able to save the seeds from those I grow.
If you struggle with growing sweet peppers in your short-season or Maine garden, I highly recommend trying this variety. They are bred for short seasons and produce green peppers in 50 days or red peppers in 70 days. As you can see from the image, the peppers are longer than a typical pepper. In fact, when mine began to form I was afraid I had accidentally planted some kind of hot pepper.
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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