Bull Nose Pepper Seed

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One of the world’s original bell peppers. Bullnose was grown by Thomas Jefferson, and these fine peppers are still grown at Monticello today. Blocky, medium-large fruits are crisp and mild when green, and become quite sweet after turning red. The ribs are even a little spicy! A prolific grower that produces early. Great raw in salads and tacos, or cooked into your favorite dishes. Especially good for roasting and stuffing because of its thick walls. Deer-resistant. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 9-14 days (warmer soil means faster germination)
  • Days to maturity: 75
  • Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow ¼” deep in sterile planting medium.
  • Transplant spacing: 18-20”
  • Sow outdoors: Not recommended unless the soil warms early in your area
  • Produce size: 4-5”
  • Yield: About 3.5 lbs. of peppers per plant
  • Mature plant height: 24-30” - may require staking due to the plant’s productive nature
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes
  • Origin: India, 1759

Tools & Supplies

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I was slightly disappointed in these, but it may not have been the fault of the plants. Where my jalapenos are possibly too successful, the 3' row of these bullnose peppers only yielded about 5 peppers so far from 3 plants (~3 dozen from the same # of jalapeno plants). There was a long period where no flowers appeared, but I had some wild tomato plants next to the pepper plants that may have out-competed these for sun and nutrients. Now that the tomatoes have been majorly pruned back, I have several flowers and another pepper on one plant.

Flavor is right on with a green bell pepper, we have enjoyed the fruit we did get. I will be planting again next year with better garden planning and I hope this will work out to more peppers.
October 10, 2018
over 3 years ago