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Growing peppers as the weather warms up


Last updated 5/2/2013 at Noon

FALLBROOK – Peppers (Capsicum frutescens) are in the same group as the potato and tomato family (Solanaceae) which is also called Nightshade. The pepper is another favorite vegetable that is a native of South America. It has been a part of the human diet in the Americas for thousands of years.

Peppers are considered a warm season vegetable. There are many varieties of peppers ranging from sweet to hot. One of the oldest and popular garden varieties is the sweet, thick-walled bell pepper “California Wonder.”

Peppers take 70 to 90 days to mature. In the colder climates, peppers sh...

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