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Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) 'Corno di Toro Rosso'
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sweet pepper 'Corno di Toro Rosso'

A popular sweet pepper variety producing tasty, tapering, green maturing to red peppers growing to 25cm long. The fruits have a delicious, thin skin with a sweet flavour and crisp texture and very few seeds

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
pH
Neutral, Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Green Red
Autumn Green Green Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Solanaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
Irritant if eaten, skin/eye irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Capsicum are annual or perennial plants, with simple, alternate leaves, and tubular or bell-shaped flowers. They are grown for their glossy, many-seeded edible fruits, including chilli and bell peppers, and as indoor ornamental plants

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Sow indoors from mid-February to early April in small pots filled with good quality seed compost and maintain a constant temperature between 18-21C. Transplant seedlings into individual pots when 15cm tall and grow on in a sunny, sheltered spot. Support with canes as they mature. Water regularly and feed with a high potash liquid fertiliser once the first fruit has set. See vegetable cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed. See sowing vegetable seeds or sowing seeds indoors for further advice

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Pinch out growing tips to encourage branching

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, glasshouse whitefly, glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey mould and blossom end rot

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