King of the North Pepper is an early maturing pepper at 68-75 days from transplant. Plants grow in a sturdy bush habit reaching 41-51 cm (16-20”) tall with a 36-41 cm (14-16”) spread. Plants produce some great yields of good sized peppers that start of green and ripen to a fire engine red. This variety thrives in our warm summers and cooler falls in Canada. Yielding crisp green and red bells peppers right up until frost. One of our favorite pepper types used in salads, stir fries and salsa.
Start indoors 6-12 weeks (February to March) before your last spring frost. Sow 2-3 seeds 6mm (¼”) deep in 10cm (4”) pots and cover lightly with soil medium and keep soil moist but not too wet. We keep under lights at a temperature of 26.7-29˚C (80-85˚F). Germination rates can vary drastically from 10 days to 21 days. Thin the seedlings to 1-2 plants per pot. Once seedlings develop their second set of true leaves, prune the first set of true leaves. Pruning the leaves forces secondary growth and creates a bushier plant. We do this on several leaf sets. If seedlings become too leggy, place them in a cooler location. This will slow them down and make their stems thicker. Transplant seedlings when soil has warmed up to 15.6-18˚C (60-65˚F). Plant transplants 45-61cm (18-24”) apart in rows 61-76cm (24-30”) apart.
Note: Peat pots are not recommended for germinating peppers. The pH may be too high and peat pots retain a lot of water that may drown the seeds.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose and well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.8
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 6mm (¼) deep.
Germination: 8-25 days.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 45-61cm (18-24") tall. Compact bush habit. Spread can be 40-45cm (16-18”) wide.
Days to Maturity: 68-75 days.
Watering: Peppers require about 2.5cm (1”) of water per week. Allow water to completely soak the soil 15-20cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain moist.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning Plant transplants 45-61cm (18-24”) apart in rows 61-76cm (24-30”) apart.
Additional Information King of the North is an open pollinated variety. They are sweet and are a flavorful pepper when mature. They make a great stuffing pepper and of course they are great for stir fries and salads. When peppers are finished growing they will pull off the plant very easily. If they don't come off easily they are still growing. To prolong a pepper harvest, harvest peppers from the plant regularly. Peppers are susceptible to rot, blossom end rot, anthracnose, tobacco mosaic virus, bacterial spot, and mildew. Keep these in check and rotate pepper crops to different areas. Keep the garden clean and free of weeds where pests and diseases can shelter. Destroy and dispose of infected plants before diseases can spread. Aphids, cutworms and flea beetles are common pests for most garden plants and there are a variety of solutions for these.