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By Jeanne Svob, Seed Business                     May, you can finish colorful pots of peppers                           Chilly Chili ornamental
Manager                                           for late August to September sales.                                    pepper. Photo courtesy
                                                                                                                         of PanAmerican Seed.
Colorful ornamental peppers are pretty as         Inspire impulse sales with peppers in
a picture, with their multicolored fruits and     decorative pots; they can move from the           award winner) and Medusa are the perfect
attractive foliage. Ornamental peppers add        patio table to the kitchen windowsill before      accent to orange, yellow and red mums
a bounty of color and interesting textures to     the first frost. Depending upon the chemical      and pansies. Add small pumpkin or gourd
containers and landscape beds, yet they’re        regimen used in production, all ornamental        “props” to your containers to create a
often underutilized. How can we effectively       peppers are edible though they’re not             complete fall display. As an added bonus,
incorporate them into our bedding and             considered culinary. Fruits can be very hot!      both Chilly Chili and Medusa have non-
container sales?                                                                                    pungent fruit, so they’re safer choices to
                                                  The colorful fruits are perfectly suited to fall  use around curious small children and pets.
Spice Up Spring Programs                          combinations. Combination planters are            We should mention that ornamental
Varieties like Black Pearl, Calico and Purple     the ideal way for home garden decorators          peppers aren’t frost tolerant but they
Flash can be sold on the merits of their          to transition their summer gardens into a fall    will persist long enough to provide an
attractive foliage alone. They’ll be saleable in  color palette. The bright and varied colors       abundance of color through the warmer
4½" pots for summer bedding or container          of ornamental pepper fruits can pull all the      days of fall. They fulfill their purpose early,
transplants in just 14-16 weeks from              colors of your combos together.                   and are often overgrown by the mums,
sowing. Plants will flourish in the garden                                                          asters, kales, grasses and pansies sharing
through the summer heat, adding striking          Consider Black Pearl in combination with          their space before the first frost hits.
fruit colors in June and July. Black Pearl        rose ornamental kale, blue asters and             Pepper Your Assortment
can be the perfect focal point in a summer        lavender, rose, or light blue pansies. It’s       While we’ve mentioned only a few by name,
container mixed with lavender, rose, pink         worth noting that Black Pearl is also an          there are many more ornamental pepper
or even red flowers. Slightly shorter, Calico     All-America Selections award winner, so           varieties on the market, with characteristics
and Purple Flash make fantastic mid-height        you can count on it to perform dependably         to meet many needs, preferences and color
border plants in upscale bed designs              for the end user.                                 palettes. They range in size from 4" x 6" up to
and as accent plants in color bowls and                                                             14" x 16". Foliage colors can be variegated,
window boxes.                                     Purple Flash or Calico blends beautifully         glossy green or deep purple. Fruit colors
                                                  with white kale, osteospurmum and pink            include orange, yellow, red, purple or all of
Fiery Fall Sales                                  or purple mums. Add some white, blue or           the above. Your Griffin sales representative
If your spring market is crowded with             purple pansies for more color and texture.        can help you identify the right varieties and
an abundance of flowering annuals and                                                               product forms to fit your program.
perennials, it may be difficult for pretty        The bolder yellow, orange and red fruits of
peppers to compete for the attention of           Chilly Chili (another All-America Selections
spring shoppers. That’s OK, because
ornamental peppers are awesome in fall
programs, too!

Ornamental peppers flourish in heat and
high light, so they’re an ideal crop to put into
production as your spring plants are moving
out the door. Total crop time from sowing to
mature fruit in summer production is 15-20
weeks. Starting with seed in April or plugs in

The colorful fruits are
perfectly suited to fall
combinations. The bright
and varied colors of
ornamental pepper fruits
can pull all the colors of
your combos together.

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