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Sweet pepper, variety trial, high tunnel, Indiana


Colored sweet bell-shaped and tapered pepper is a summer crop that is grown by many small and medium-sized farming operations in Indiana. Growers can choose to grow peppers out in the field or plant them under a protective structure. Sweet peppers, in particular, benefit from the unique growing environment created by a high tunnel. Planting of peppers can start at least 2-4 weeks earlier in the spring, and production can continue into the fall until the first hard freeze. Pepper variety performance data for Indiana is not readily available. We are working hard to change that. To date, we have evaluated thirty pepper varieties, and each variety is assessed in two production cycles. This paper reports on five sweet bell and five tapered pepper entries evaluated at the Purdue Student Farm, West Lafayette, Indiana.