Capsicum annuum (68 days) Open-pollinated. When asked about the name, breeder Will Bonsall said, “The original Mountaineer pepper was invented for my future-fantasy novel Through the Eyes of a Stranger. When I actually came up with a variety that fit the description (basically earliness), I just decided to give it that name.” Fantasy no more! If you’ve ever despaired of getting a ripe sweet pepper in these cold climes, Mountaineer will rewrite that tragic story with its prolific yields of long tapering 2¼x4" red sweet peppers on short stocky plants. Regionally adapted and tasty, too! Breeder Royalties.①NEW!
3709 Mountaineer - Sustainably Grown
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Sweet Bell Peppers
About 110–175 seeds/g.
Days to full-color maturity are from transplanting date.
Capsicum comes from the Greek kapto which means ‘bite.’
Culture: Start indoors in March or April. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal range 68-95°. Set out in June. Very tender, will not tolerate frost, dislike wind, will not set fruit in cold or extremely hot temperatures or in drought conditions. Black plastic highly recommended. Row cover improves fruit set in windy spots. Pick first green peppers when they reach full size to increase total yield significantly. Green peppers, though edible, are not ripe. Peppers ripen to red, yellow, orange, etc.
Saving Seed: Saving pepper seed is easy! Remove core of the fully ripe pepper (usually red or orange) and dry on a coffee filter. When dry, rake seeds off the core with a butter knife. To ensure true-to-type seed, grow open- pollinated varieties and separate by 30 feet. Use only the first fruits for seed; allow only 3–4 fruits per plant to grow and remove all others. Fewer fruits = larger seeds = greater seed viability. Later fruits often have germination rates of only 60%.
BLS: Bacterial Leaf Spot
CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
TMV: Tobacco Mosaic Virus
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.