Red Ruffled Pepper
(Capsicum annuum var. annuum)

Our growing and taste results for the Red Ruffled pepper are provided below.

For more detailed step by step instructions for growing the Red Ruffled pepper, visit our growing pepper page.

Seed Genetics:  Open Pollinated

Seed Collecting:  Seeds will come true if crosses with other varieties are prevented.  Bag an unopened flower with spun bonded row cover material.  Remove bag when fruit starts forming or petals fall.  Mark stem with a string so you can find it later.  Let the fruit fully mature before harvesting.  Air dry seeds prior to storage.

Fruit:  Green to red.  Round blocky shape. Thick walled.  4 inches long and 4 inches wide.
: Slightly sweet and tart, not hot.  juicy and crunchy.
:  Stuffed, grilled, roasted, fresh, seasoning.  Can be dried but slice thin.  Walls are too thick to dry quickly.

Disease Resistance: Good
:  Good
:  85 days we had red ones.  Agrees with seed company.
: Above average
: Pimiento, sweet
Plant Shape
: umbrella
Plant Size:

  • Height: ~16 inches
  • Width:  ~12 inches

In our plantings, the Red Ruffled pepper did well.  We liked its size, being a bit bigger than our other pimiento types.  It makes a nice portion size for stuffing.  Ours were bigger than the seed company said they would be so I guess they like it here. 

Plants were a little small but packed on a lot of peppers.  They pretty much look like a bunch of peppers on a stick.  So you could plant more of these closer together.

Life Cycle:
     Zone 8 or lower:  Grow as annual

     Zone 9 or higher:  Perennial

Starting Seed Indoors:

  • Start 8-13 weeks prior to the date you move plants into garden in your area.
  • Planting depth:  1/2 inch
  • 2-3 seeds per 1x1x2" cell (LengthxWidthxDepth).
  • Transplant into pots at 4-6 weeks.  Pots 6" tall work well.

Planting Bed Specs:

  • Soil Temp:  + 65˚F.
  • Hole depth: 8-10 inches.  As a rule of thumb, make the hole 2+ inches deeper than the height of the root ball.  This allows for 1 inch of loose soil above and below the roots.
  • Spacing:  18" apart.
  • Planting depth:  Bury root ball and up to 1" of stem.
  • Tilling:  Optional but does improve drainage and helps roots grow.

Light Requirements:  Full Sun.  Peppers like heat but a string of days in the 90's will often halt blooming and pepper development.  This stress can take a week or more to recover from delaying and reducing harvest.  Woven shade cloth supported above the plants by poles is used by some growers to moderate sun exposure.

Watering:  Without rain, peppers need watered well 1 - 2x per week depending on how hot it is.  Your soil type will also affect water needs.  Carefully observing the plants and how long your soil remains damp is the best way to learn how to manage your unique conditions.  To prevent fungal disease water late morning or early afternoon so the sun will quickly dry the leaves and stems.  If you must water on cool, cloudy days, wet the soil below the plants, ie. keep the leaves dry.