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Common Pepper Cultivars for Florida Production1

G. McAvoy and M. Ozores-Hampton2

This list includes a number of sweet pepper varieties currently popular with Florida growers; it is by no means a comprehensive list of all varieties that may be adapted to the state. At present 4-5 cultivars probably constitute 80-90 percent of commercial production in Florida.

(See Table 1 for Key to Abbreviation)

Figure 1. 

Pepper harvesting from a randomized complete block experimental design bacterial leaf spot resistant pepper variety trial during 2009 winter season in Delray Beach, FL.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 2. 

Allegiance - Vigorous, medium to tall plant with good leaf cover. High yielding with extended harvest. Fruits highly uniform, dark green, blocky 4-lobed thick walled fruit. R to Xcv 1-5, PVY, TM. Harris Moran Seed Company.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 3. 

Aristotle – Dark green anthocyanin-less fruits, heavy set, thick walls, large fruit size. Matures red. R to Xcv 1-3 (X3R®), PVY 0, Tobamo P0 (R). Seminis.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 4. 

Blitz- Extra-large fruit with thick walls and a uniformly blocky shape. Has wide adaptability with good yield. Green to red bell pepper. R to Xcv 1-5 and 7-9, TM. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 5. 

Crusader – Erect, good cover, extra-large fruit stay firm at mature red stage. R to Xcv 1-3, PVY, S, PepMo, TM. Syngenta.


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Gene McAvoy


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Figure 6. 

Gridiron – Extra-large blocky dark green-to-red bell. Fruit are smooth with thick walls and uniform blocky shape. R to Xcv 1-5 and 7-9, TM. IR to TE. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 7. 

HM 2641 - Tall, erect, vigorous plant with good leaf coverage suited for warm weather production. Glossy, dark green, extra-large, and large sized fruit over an extended production period R to, Xcv 1-4 and TM. Harris Moran Seed Company.


Credit:

Gene McAvoy


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Figure 8. 

Hunter - Early maturity. Medium size plant produces smooth, four-lobed, blocky, dark green, glossy fruit. Produces a large percentage of extra large fruit. R to Xcv 1-5, TE, TM. Syngenta.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 10. 

Islamorada – Extra large with adaptability for heavy soils and winter. Fruit is smooth with uniform size. R to Xcv 1-5. Seedway.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 11. 

Polaris – Uniform, blocky, green to red fruit. R to Xcv 1-3. Western Seed Company Ltd.


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Sunbelt Seeds, Inc.


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Figure 12. 

PS 9922815 – Mainly for Georgia and North Florida. R to Xcv 1-6 and TSW. Seminis.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 13. 

PS 9927141 - Main-season. Large, robust plant with a continuous fruit set green-to-red blocky bell pepper with large, dark-green, smooth fruit. R to Xcv 1-5 (X5R®) and Tobamo P0 (R). Seminis.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 14. 

PS 9928302 - Large, robust plant with large, uniform anthocyanin-less dark-green fruits that mature to a firm red. Fruits with good size, shape, uniformity, and color. R to Xcv 1-5 (X5R®) and Tobamo P0 (R). Seminis


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 15. 

PS 9954288 – Plant with early maturity and high fruit yield. Fruit are dark green and mature to firm red. R to Xcv 1-6, 10. Seminis,


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 16. 

PS 9915776 – Early plant with large, smooth, high quality fruit. Fruit remains firm even at the mature red stage. R to Xcv 1-5 and Tobamo P0 (R). Seminis.


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Seminis


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Figure 17. 

PS 09979325 – Large, robust, blocky green-to-red bell pepper. Plant produces large to extra-large firm fruit. R to Xcv 1-10. Seminis.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 18. 

Revolution – Cold tolerant, concentrated early set, firm, uniform, extra large green to red fruits. R to Xcv 1,2,3,5 and IR to CM and Pc. Harris Moran Seed Company.


Credit:

Gene McAvoy


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Figure 19. 

Tom Cat – Early maturing. Medium plant size and a concentrated set that yields a high percentage of large size fruit. Blocky, dark green color. R to Xcv 1-5, TE, and ToM. Syngenta.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 20. 

Touchdown – Strong plant with continuous setting ability and good cover. Extra-large, blocky with thick walls and uniformly blocky shape. R to Xcv 1-5 and 7-9, TM. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Figure 21. 

Vanguard – Medium plant with good foliage, dark green, blocky, extra-large fruits, 4-lobed, firm, with thick walls. Early maturity with concentrated harvest. R to PepMo, ToM, and Xcv 1-5. Harris Moran Seed Company.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Mini Sweet Pepper

Figure 22. 

Boris – Smooth and straight fruit with thick flesh. Fruit are held higher in the plant maintaining them clean and straight. R to TSW. Seedway.


Credit:

Seedway


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Figure 23. 

Natasha – Very early maturing plant with long, straight fruit. R to Xcv 1-3. Seedway.


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Seedway


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Figure 24. 

Orange You Sweet – Early maturing, strong plant vigor. Fruit are flat round in shape and smooth with mid thick walls. Fruit mature to deep orange. No disease resistance. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Sakata Seed America, Inc.


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Figure 25. 

Right on Red – Early maturing plant with continuous high yields. Fruit are flattened and round with flutes around the stem end. No disease resistance. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Sakata Seed America, Inc.


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Figure 26. 

Sopron – Mid-early plant with a straight fruit used for fresh market or processing. R to Xcv 1-3. Seminis.


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Seminis


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Figure 27. 

Yellow Sparkler – Fruit turn from green to bright, rich yellow. Prolific in number, extra sweet, and elongated with a blunt tip. R to TM. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Sakata Seed America, Inc.


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Figure 28. 

Yes to Yellow – Early maturing, strong plant vigor with fruit that are flat round in shape, smooth, and have thick walls. Fruit mature to deep yellow. No disease resistance. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Sakata Seed America, Inc.


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Figure 29. 

Yummy Orange – Petite apricot-orange with extra-sweet fruit that is tender-crisp and nearly seedless. Resistance not available. Seedway.


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Seedway


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Figure 30. 

Yummy Red – Plant is best staked and fruit are nearly seedless. Resistance not available. Seedway.


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Seedway


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Yummy Yellow – Image not available. Medium large plant with good cover. Fruit are similar in size to Yummy Orange. Resistance not available. Seedway.

Cubanelle

Figure 31. 

Aruba – Cubanelle type, early-maturing, erect plant, 3 – 4 lobed, elongated fruit, matures from a pale lime green to a bright red. Syngenta.


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Siegers Seed Co.


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Figure 32. 

Grenada – Cubanelle type, maturing from pale green to red. Very smooth, attractive fruit. R to Xcv 1-3. Sakata Seed America, Inc.


Credit:

Monica Ozores-Hampton


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Note – while this list includes a number of varieties currently popular with Florida growers, it is by no means a comprehensive list of all varieties that may be adapted to the state.

Tables

Table 1. 

Key to Abbreviation

CMV

Cucumber mosaic

PepMo

Pepper mottle

PVY

Potato virus Y

Pc

Phytophthora root rot – Phytophthora capsici

ToM

Tomato mosaic virus

TM

Tobacco mosaic

TE

Tobacco Etch

TSW

Tomato spotted wilt

Tobamo P0 (R)

Tobamo virus – Tobamo virus Po

S

Stip –Physiological disorder

Xcv 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Bacterial spot – Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria

R

Resistant

IR

Intermediate Resistance

T

Tolerant

Footnotes

1.

This document is IPM-204, one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date November 2007. Revised November 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

2.

G. McAvoy, county extension director and regional vegetable extension agent; and M. Ozores-Hampton, assistant professor, Southwest Florida REC–Immokalee; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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