Performance of bell pepper varieties over two seasons in Southeast Florida, 1998-2000

K. D. Shuler, J. L. Collins, K. L. Pernezny


Two demonstration trials were conducted to evaluate promising bell pepper varieties on sandland in Delray Beach, FL. Peppers were grown from transplants under commercial full bed plastic mulch culture using subsurface (seepage) irrigation. Fifty-four different varieties were evaluated at least once and twenty-one varieties were evaluated twice. Green fruits were evaluated from four blocks and an additional block was reserved for the evaluation of colored fruits (mature pepper). Peppers were evaluated for yield and average fruit size. Randomly selected fruits from the first pick were evaluated for
length and width, lobe number, and bluntness at the blossom end. Mature (colored) fruits were counted, weighed and evaluated for deformities including softness, misshapen, rot, sunburn, and stip.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283