Pretty Purple Pepper in the Garden

Pretty Purple Pepper is not only a variety name, but an accurate description of the plant and its fruit!  Let’s talk a little about growing this wonderful pepper variety in the garden.

How Does it Look?

Pretty Purple PepperIt’s really hard to capture with a photo how lovely both the plant and the peppers are!  The stems are a deep purple-maroon color, and the leaves have a violet sheen to them (which I can’t seem to capture).  And the peppers — they are a gorgeous, glowing purple.

This pepper has been quite hardy in my garden.  It’s faced a near-freeze with grace, and is thriving in a 3-gallon container.  I drop by it at least once a day because it’s a feast for my eyes.

(You can click on the photo for a larger image.)

Germinating the Seeds

I find that germinating seeds for this pepper to be easy.  Even in a cooler temperature than normal, the plant came up within 10 days.  I imagine that if I used a heat mat, that would shorten to 5-7 days.

I germinated this particular plant at cooler-than-normal temperatures as an experiment.  Pretty Purple Pepper sprouted well, but the other seeds had a hard time, and most didn’t germinate at all.

(Here’s more information about germinating hot pepper seeds, if you need a few tips.)

Container Growing

I mentioned that I am currently growing this plant in a 3-gallon container, and it is thriving.  While it would do better in the ground, it’s quite suitable for a lovely container plant on a patio.  Not only is the plant pleasing to look at but it also has purple-and-white flowers.  When the plant has flowers and peppers at the same time, it’s a sight to behold!

Other Hints for Pretty Purple Pepper

As I mentioned, this plant has had some tough conditions.  Not only has it faced temperatures in the 30’s, but it’s also faced extended periods of high winds.  The weather has been dry, and sometimes the soil isn’t as damp as I’m sure the plant would like.  Through all this, Pretty Purple Pepper has sailed on without a problem.

What About Eating Them?

You can certainly eat these peppers, but they are quite hot — my guess is around 40,000 Scoville Units.  I don’t eat a lot of them, because they are so lovely on the plant.  But I reccomend them  in stir-fries and also for a vinegar pepper.  And although I haven’t tried them as such, I imagine they would be good pickled.

I like Pretty Purple Pepper, and it has an ongoing spot in my garden.  I hope you like it too!
Pretty Purple Pepper

Update

Here’s another photo just a couple weeks later of the same plant!

14 Responses to Pretty Purple Pepper in the Garden

  • laura says:

    I love the pretty purple peppers too… been growing them for 3 years now… they are VERY hot!

  • Tina Morris says:

    My daughter has grown for the first time this year and as you say the whole plants are Pretty in purple a very pleasing plant. I havent used the fruits as yet!!!

  • Gail says:

    Hi Tina,

    Glad that you and your daughter are liking the plant! The peppers are hot, so use very small amounts at first until you are used to it. 🙂

    Gail

  • Katie says:

    when do you pick them? i have them in my garden and have no idea when they are ready! HELP!

    Thanks!

  • Gail says:

    Hi Katie,

    You can pick the peppers any time you want them. However, they are hottest when they have turned red.

    Enjoy! 🙂

    Gail

  • Jerry Downing says:

    Where can these Pretty Purple Peppers be purchased ???

    I want to try these, they look as though they would be good in many dishes where Hot Peppers are used.

    Thank you,

    Jerry Downing

  • Gail says:

    I get a lot of pepper seeds from Amazon — including the Pretty Purple Pepper

    There are undoubtedly other places that have it as well; I guess I am too used to Amazon, LOL. 🙂

    They are quite hot, especially when red. They are great in soups, chili, salsa, etc.

    Enjoy!

    Gail

  • Sharon says:

    I purchased “pretty purple peppers” this year for the first time locally at Hirt’s Gardens, but they do most sales via the internet. I have not tried the peppers yet, but the marker on the peppers indicated very hot peppers.

    Good Luck, hope you can find and enjoy.

  • Stacey Rawlings says:

    how big are these peppers when they are ripe? We have several plants in our garden and the plants are nowhere near the 2.5 feet tall that that they are supposed to be, but they are covered in peppers. Anything I can do to help with growth?

  • Mercedes says:

    I got my pretty purple pepper as my prize from a fundraising dinner. I let the fruit dry and planted the seeds by springtime. Now I have a lot of them in pots of various sizes. Back where I come from pepper leaves are used for cooking. Can I use the leaves of purple pepper in my recipe?

  • Tropic says:

    Will these grow all year in south Florida? They are beautiful.

  • Gail says:

    Hi Mercedes,

    I’m hesitant to say go ahead and use the leaves, because I have never eaten pepper leaves! I can’t think of any reason that you could’t use them, though.

    Best wishes!

    Gail

  • Gail says:

    Hi Tropic,

    You can try growing them all year. I haven’t had a lot of luck, because I tend to get frost in the winter (inland South Florida), but if you leave closer to the water you may have better luck. Try it!

    Gail

  • Gail says:

    Hi Stacey,

    Mine grow to about 2 feet, more or less. If they are full of peppers, they are putting all their energy into fruiting, so you won’t see much growth as far as height. You could try picking a lot of the peppers, then giving the plant some fertilizer that’s a bit higher in notrogen, if you want height.

    Enjoy your pretty purple peppers!

    Gail

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