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Cape Gooseberry   Capsicum
Cape Gooseberry UT
Physalis edulis syn. P. peruviana
A short-lived perennial to 1m, producing a large quantity of sweet, juicy, marble-sized golden yellow fruit. Eat fresh or as jam. Sow spring and summer. Suitable for temperate and subtropical areas.
SC110approx. 100 seeds
Growing Capsicum
Capsicum annuum
Capsicums are warm season, frost tender annuals to 60 - 90 cm tall; generally staking them is a good idea. Seeds germinate best at 20 - 30C soil temperature. Sowing at too low a temperature will cause delayed or failed germination.
In Temperate Areas: sow in early spring - either inside with extra bottom heat by using a bottom heat propagator; behind a sunny window or on top of a hot water system; if sowing outside wait until all frost danger has passed and the soil is warm. Generally if starting capsicum inside then sow seed 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. By sowing early there will be time for a good crop to be produced before the first frost in winter
In Subtropical Areas: sow March - October in frost-free areas; wait for spring in areas that receive frost
In Tropical Areas: all year but avoid January - February above 32˚C can affect fruit set
Soil Type: fertile, well drained, garden loam with a pH of 5.5 - 7.0; prepare the soil by adding compost. If stakes are required then put them at the same time as transplanting takes place to avoid later root disturbance. Providing support to keep fruit clear of the ground helps keep fruit clean and prevents slug and snail damage.
Germination period: 10 - 21 days (longer if the soil is cool); liquid feed the seedlings once germinated
Planting depth: 6 mm deep
Position: full sun
Sow Where: into seedling pots to reduce transplant shock; transplant when the soil is warm
Plant Spacing: 40 - 50 cm between plants; 60 - 90 cm apart between rows
Details: keep well fertilised and watered; avoid high nitrogen fertilisers as these will promote leaf growth at the expense of fruit. In fruit fly areas the fruit should be protected by bagging
Harvest: 16 - 20 weeks: pick early fruit green to encourage fruiting
Capsicum 'California Wonder' H UT
'California Wonder' is a heavy producer of bell-shaped sweet capsicums; the fruit is thick-walled with a crisp, mild flavour. The fruit can be picked green or red. It is nutritious, high in Vitamin C and ideal for stuffing and salads. Days to harvest: 75.
SC583approx. 35 seeds
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Capsicum 'Chinese Giant' H UT
'Chinese Giant' truly lives up to its name, producing the largest capsicums we have ever grown, 15 cm long by 10 cm wide. The large bell-shaped fruit ripen from green to ruby red. An open-pollinated heirloom variety from the USA, listed in 1902, that is very productive, disease-resistant and does well even in cooler climates. It is excellent for stuffing, salads and roasting. Days to harvest: 75.
SC148approx. 20 seeds
Capsicum 'Chocolate Beauty' UT
'Chocolate Beauty' ripen with a rich, deep, chocolate-brown skin. Fruit is smooth, four-lobed, thick walled, 10 cm by 8.5 cm. It is very productive, disease resistant and does well even in cooler climates. Fruit is excellent for salads, stuffing, or cooking. A must for the gourmet gardener. Days to harvest: 85
SC403approx. 20 seeds
Capsicum 'Corno di Toro' H UT
Syn. 'Bull's Horn'
An Italian heirloom sweet capsicum that produces curved, tapering fruits, 15 - 25 cm long, with a great, fruity flavour. When ripe they turn a stunning red or yellow. It is an excellent producer even in cool areas and easy to grow. Days to harvest: 72 - 85.
SC409approx. 25 seeds
Capsicum 'Emerald Giant' H UT
Syn. 'Green Giant'
'Emerald Giant' was introduced in 1963 in the USA. It produces heavy yields of big, thick-walled and very sweet fruit. Fruit is a 3 to 4 lobed large bell-shape to 11 x 9 cm in size. The plants are tall, reaching a metre, sturdy and vigorous. The deep green fruit turn red when fully ripe but flavour is best at the green stage. It is good eaten fresh in salads or stuffed. Days to harvest: 78.
SC648approx. 35 seeds
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Capsicum 'Golden Calwonder' UT
'Golden Calwonder' is an heirloom grown since the 1920's. It is a very sweet, 4-lobed bell capsicum 9.5 cm long by 8.8 cm wide. The fleshy fruit ripens from a bright green to golden yellow. The sturdy, upright plants are very productive and early cropping, so do well even in cooler climates. Days to harvest: 72 - 78.
SC561approx. 35 seeds
Capsicum 'Hungarian Sweet Wax' H UT
Syn. Hungarian Stuffing Pepper
'Hungarian Sweet Wax' is an heirloom variety of a type introduced by the Turks to Hungary in the 16th century. It is a prolific yielder of fleshy fruit up to 15 cm long that tapers from 5 cm wide to a blunt tip. The waxy skin turns from pale green to red when fully mature. The flavour is mild and sweet and becomes more complex as it ripens. Use it in salads, roasted, fried or pickled. It is one of the ingredients used to make paprika spice. It is early-maturing and very suitable for areas with a short growing season. Days to harvest: 58 - 75.
SC639approx. 35 seeds
Capsicum 'Marconi Red' UT
'Marconi Red' syn. 'Marconi Rosso' is a prolific Italian heirloom variety that has a mild sweet flavour with a medium thick flesh. Fruit is large, long and slender, 6 cm wide by 17 cm long. It ripens from green to red. Excellent eaten fresh in salads, salsa, fried or stuffed. Days to harvest: 70 - 80.
SC474approx. 20 seeds
Capsicum 'Perennial' H UT
'Perennial' is a tall, hardy, productive, bush capsicum that can live up to 5 years in the tropics. The fruit are 3 cm by 8 cm long and taper to a blunt point, ripening from green to red. It is resistant to wilt and can also be used as rootstock for grafting other capsicum varieties. Days to harvest: 70.
SC384approx. 35 seeds

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Capsicum 'Sweet Banana' H UT
'Sweet Banana' is an heirloom variety suitable for both cooler and tropical areas. It is very productive and crops early. Mild, yellow peppers turn brilliant red when fully ripe. Fruit is tapered, 17cm long, 3.5 cm wide. It looks like a chilli but is definitely not hot at all. This capsicum is a good for stir fries, salads or preserves. Days to harvest: 72.
SC425approx. 35 seeds
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