Capsicum Super Shepherd
Capsicum Super Shepherd is an Italian variety producing strong yields of 15cm long by 5cm wide Cubanelle sweet peppers. Turn from green to dark red when mature. Fruits are very sweet, very thick, and fantastic to stuff. Perfect for salads, frying, grilling, roasting, and stuffing.
This variety is sweeter than Corno di toro or Marconi Red. Bulk of the fruits turned red during late March and April and was fully harvest by April 26 in the hothouse (Tasmania).
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (early to mid November in a cool climate). Can start earlier if planting in a hot house. Lay black plastic on ground and plant into an X cut-out if planting outside. They need consistent soil warmth in Tasmania.
Spacing – 50-70cm.
The name pepper was given by Europeans when Christopher Columbus brought the plant back to Europe. At that time, black pepper (peppercorns), from the unrelated plant Piper nigrum originating from India, was a highly prized condiment.
The name pepper was applied in Europe to all known spices with a hot and pungent taste and was therefore extended to genus Capsicum when it was introduced from the Americas.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 30 C (around 10 to 20 days to germination, longer at lower temps)