seed indoors about 3 weeks before desired transplant date. Soil
temperature for germination is 65-85° F.Transplant after
last frost and once soil has warmed to
at least 60F. Can be
direct seeded inregions that
have long, hot growing
Spacing:Dependent on the size of the plant and
fruit. Small fruited varieties can be planted 24" apart, while large
fruited varieties require 3-4'
spacing. Bush varieties and small vining varieties require
5-6' between rows. Long vining varieties require rows up
to 9’ apart.Be careful not to disturb roots when
best in well-drained soil
with access to pollinators.
Can be planted into black plastic or black landscape fabric to warm soil and
with clippers when skin is fullycolored and
stems have started to dry down. Make sure harvest occurs before any
frost. Cut and cure in sun, greenhouse
or area with good ventilation and temperatures of 80° F for
about 1 week.
Storage: Store at 50-60° F with 60-70% relative humidity,
making sure there is good air flow