A very beautiful hot pepper, both ornamental and edible. Small marble sized fruits ripen at the tops of the branches, from yellow, to purple, orange and finally red. Fruits at all stages are common on the plant at the same time, making for a beautiful look. The small fruits have a mildly hot flavor and make a nice addition to spice up cooking. Plants are fairly compact, usually growing to only 12-16".
Seeds are not available for the Marbles Pepper. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in March 2015.
Days to Maturity
Developed at Oregon State University.
Start seeds in small containers from 8-10 weeks prior to the last frost date. Plant seeds approximately 1/4-1/2" deep in moist, well drained potting soil. Most standard soil mixes are suitable for pepper seeds. Soil temperature must be kept at 75-90F for proper germination. Cool soil, particularly at night can inhibit or significantly delay germination. To keep soil temperature warm, start seeds indoors, in a greenhouse and/or use a seed starting heat mat. Keep soil moderately moist, though not overly, dripping wet. Water soil when the soil surface just begins to dry. Allow proper air circulation for containers.
Optionally, seeds can be dipped in a dilute hydrogen peroxide mix (1 tsp hydrogen peroxide per cup water) for one minute to disinfect seeds prior to planting. If your soil or seed sprouting setup is susceptible to mold growth this can be useful to kill mold spores.
Once seedlings have sprouted, keep in small containers until a few sets of leaves have developed. Transplant to larger containers or outdoors. If transplanting outdoors, make sure to harden off seedlings by exposing them to only filtered sunlight for up to 1-2 weeks. Thin plants to 3-4 ft and rows to 6-10 ft.
Estimated germination time under optimal conditions: 2-6 weeks