Pepper - Sweet - Lilac Bell
- Seed Count: 50 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 75-80 days from planting
- Plant Type: Sweet Bell Pepper, Lila Bell variety
- Growth Habit: Compact and bushy
- Sun Exposure: Prefers full sun
- Soil Preference: Thrives in well-drained, fertile soil
- Sowing Instructions: Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Transplant outdoors after frost risk has passed.
- Fruit Characteristics: Begins as vivid purple, ripening to a deep red, with a sweet flavor
History: The Lila Bell Pepper is a modern cultivar known for its striking visual appeal and excellent flavor. This variety has emerged as a favorite in both home gardens and culinary settings, admired for its unique coloring that transitions from a vibrant purple to a rich red as it matures. Its development reflects an ongoing interest in diversifying the colors and flavors available in sweet bell peppers, offering a delightful twist on the traditional bell pepper palette.
Uses: Lila Bell Peppers are a culinary delight, prized for their sweet, robust flavor. They're perfect for adding a splash of color and sweetness to salads when used raw. These peppers also excel in cooked dishes, where their sweetness intensifies, making them ideal for stir-fries, grilling, and stuffing. The Lila Bell Pepper's ability to transition in color offers a versatile option for creative presentation in dishes, providing both aesthetic appeal and delicious taste.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: The Lila Bell Pepper plants exhibit a compact and bushy growth habit, making them suitable for various garden sizes and even container gardening. To cultivate these peppers, begin by sowing seeds indoors approximately 8-10 weeks before the expected last frost. The seedlings need adequate light and warmth to grow strong. Once the danger of frost has passed and the seedlings have developed a few true leaves, they can be transplanted outdoors, ideally in a spot that receives full sun. These plants prefer well-drained, fertile soil and benefit from regular watering and occasional feeding with a balanced fertilizer. As the fruit develops, the peppers transition from a striking purple to a deep red, signaling they're ready for harvest. This transition not only adds visual interest but also allows gardeners to choose when to harvest based on color preference and desired sweetness level.