(107 varieties to choose from) UPDATED FOR 2020


Plant culture similar to eggplants.  Packets will contain 35 to 50 seeds (unless otherwise noted).  Set out transplants about 1 foot apart in rows 3 feet apart. We plant ours indoors here in a heated greenhouse around April 1 then once they are up transfer to an unheated greenhouse to slow growth and set out in June.



Albino- 65 days - Large bull nosed, heavy cream colored pepper.  High yield but very low seed production. An old Farmer Seed and nursery variety from the 1960's     (20 seeds/pkt.)  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Ampuis - 60 days - Very early to turn red, thin walled, squatty and ribbed pepper, small to medium size, very prolific. These are very thin walled and are really excellent for using like a holder for tuna salad or egg salad or something as there is just enough pepper there to give a slight boost to flavor and a crunch but not too much to make it seem like all pepper. Pkt.  $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Buran- 75 days-  a Polish heirloom  that is basically a 3 lobed bell pepper on compact 2 foot plants. Green turning red.   Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed


Carmagnota Rosa- 85 days - Large red bell, thick walled. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Chinese Giant- 85 days - Introduced in 1900.  Very large, dark green turning red.   Nice thick walled green bell pepper. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed


Chocolate Miniature- 80 days- A striking deep chocolate miniature bell pepper, superb candidate for making hors d’oeuvres. These are also good for making pickled peppers.  Pkt. $2.25  Certified Organic Seed


Earlired- 70 days (to red stage)- Small plants produce a good quantity of elongated bell shaped peppers that are quick to turn red.   Pkt. $2.75  Certified Organic Seed

Early Niagara Giant- 64 days- A nice, early selection of a green bell.  Fruits will turn red in about 95 days.  This variety is a nice stocky bell pepper.    Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Etiuda- 80 days- blocky thick walled bell with orange color at maturity. Fruits get large, an heirloom from Poland. pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed


Frank’s- 56 days- Our most productive pepper ever.  Plants are very compact with a solid pack of fruits.  Good for fresh use or for cooking.  Turn red quickly.  Fruits are a medium size, elongated bell shape.  Very sweet flavor. We beat the rabbits and got a good seed supply 2 years in a row. Pkt.  $2.00   3 pkts $5.00 Certified Organic Seed

Hercules Yellow Golden- 80 days- Huge green (turning deep gold) bell type pepper.  Sweetest flavor in the gold stage. Pkt. $3.00  (Certified Organic Seed

Kevins Early Orange-  85 days- a nice blocky slightly flattened orange bell pepper but it was not early for me here. Pkt.$2.00 Certified Organic Seed


King of the North- 65 days-   Plants produce huge, thick walled, super tasty fruits in large numbers, when properly cared for.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Large Yellow- 78 days- Sent to us in a large collection of other seeds  a very thick walled sweet bright yellow  bell of large size. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

La Rouge Royale- 85 days- A late season, elongated, bell type.  Fruits ripen to a scarlet red and average well over 1 pound each. Pkt. (20 seeds) $3.00  Certified Organic Seed 

Little Bells- A red, slightly elongated bell shaped sweet pepper.  This pepper has excellent production in cool climate or short season areas.  Medium thick walls hold up well for stuffing, seasoning, and salads.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed OSSI pledged variety developed by Frank Morton


Napolean Sweet- 77 days-  First offered in 1923, a nice, sweet, green bell pepper.   Pkt.   $3.00  Certified Organic Seed


Nick’s Thin Skin- 56 days - Almost identical to Franks and since both are of Italian origin, they could well be the same. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed 

Orange Bell - 80 days - Beautiful, deep orange fruit. Fruit is large and very flavorful.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed


Orange Sun - 80 days - 4 inch long, 3 to 4 lobed, green, ripening orange, bell pepper.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


Ozark Giant- 75 days- Very large, long, smooth, thick fleshed fruits, shiny, dark green.  Pkt. (20 seeds) $3.00  (Limit 1 Pkt.)  Certified Organic Seed


Permagreen- 79 days- An introduction of Dr. Meader that stays a deep, black/green without ever turning red.   Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed


Purple Beauty- 74 days- A beautiful, deep purple, blocky bell pepper. Turns a deep wine red when ripe for seeds.   Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed  


Red Miniature- 85 days- to red- Small, red bell, suitable for use on an hors d’oeuvre plate. Also known for being a pepper used for canning.  Pkt. $2.25  Certified Organic Seed

Soroksari- 80 days - an Italian variety that produces well. Large numbers of large pale yellow bell peppers that turn orangish and then a pale orange red.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Staddons Select-  70 days-   very nice compact plants with  medium sized deep green bell peppers that turn red.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed


Sweet Chocolate- 85 days - My favorite pepper.  Very mild and sweet.  A beautiful chocolate color.  Pkt. $2.00    Certified Organic Seed


Wisconsin Lakes- 84 days (to red)- No real points on the bell.  Smooth, blocky, medium sized bell-shaped pepper. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Yankee Bell- 80 days- A nice uniform green bell pepper. Not  very early to turn red but good yields with very thick walls. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Yellow Miniature- 70 days- Early maturing, miniature, yellow bell type pepper.  Pkt. $2.25  Certified Organic Seed


Yolo Wonder- 75 days- Midseason medium green bell pepper on  large plants. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Zoldkalinkoi- 75 days- the name is a tough one but the pepper is outstanding thin walled lime green ripening red. Originally from Hungary sent to us by our friend Miki Taylor in Kansas. Pkt. $2.50 Certified organic Seed




This group is still not hot, but in some cases a bit stronger pepper flavored. We find many of  these to be excellent for cooking as the strong pepper taste  mellows with  cooking.


Aconcagua- 75 days- Superb, large Cubanelle shaped pepper.  Fruits get large and start out yellow green turning to red. Peppers are very mild.  Large size is dependent upon good soil fertility and adequate spacing of plants.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


Cubanelle- 65 days - I’ve grown this for years for the farmers’ market.  It always produces huge crops of yellow-green, oblong peppers.  Flavor raw is not superbly sweet, but cooked in stir fries it is mild and sweet. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed  (Limit 1 Pkt.)


Giant Marconi - 85 days - Tall plants with very large peppers, sweet and elongated in shape.  Peppers are 8-10 inches long and several inches across. Green turning red.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed  


Kapiya- 75 days- Mild, red, long top shaped, very fleshy pepper, typical Bulgarian variety.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed 


Knaz - 65 days-  Compact plants , variety obtained from Kurt Wold in Alaska where it produces well. Does well here in Iowa with lots of pale colored peppers of good flavor. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed


Lipstick- 65 days- Long, cone shaped, dark green fruits ripening to red.  Thick, juicy flesh.  Pkt. $2.00    Certified Organic Seed


Mt. Etna - 75 days - Shorter, compact plants with medium sized, fatter, elongated, pointed sweet peppers with rather thick walls.  I bred this one for a sweet, blocky, Italian type pepper.  A 2014 Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed  OSSI pledged variety


Odessa Market- 77 days- Lime green, ripening orange and then red.  Very sweet, thick-walled, 4 to 6 inches long, top-shaped pepper.  Thanks to John Trumpeter of Clinton, Iowa for getting us the start for this one.   Pkt. $2.50   Certified Organic Seed


Pointy Kaibi #1- 70 days- Sent to us by Micki Taylor of Kansas, originally a variety from the UK.  Very early compact plants with semi bell-shaped green rapidly turning red peppers. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed


Purple  Marconi- 85 days - Nice large carrot shaped peppers that are a bright deep purple turning a deep red on ripeness. More of a strong pepper taste, not sweet. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Red Wonder- 65 days-  a  compact bushy very productive  medium sized oblong pepper that turns red very quickly and maintains well on the plant. Not totally perfect yet but  worthy of trial. 2019 Sandhill Preservation Center introduction.  Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed


Sirenevyi  - 75 days - A superb, sweet, non-bell pepper that is early and high yielding.  It starts out a bright purple and eventually turns a deep purple red.  Very thick walled and very mild and sweet. Donated to us by Kurt Wold of Alaska.  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed


Toyozhini-  65 days- Another early type from Kurt Wold in Alaska. Sweet pale green non-bell peppers on compact plants. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed




This group is really mild flavored and has very dry flesh that dries easily to then be ground into the seasoning paprika.


Gozogled - 80 days - Small to medium size pointy pepper.  Ripens to a nice red, heavy yields.  An heirloom from Bulgaria.  A very good, mild paprika type, shorter and fatter than Hungarian Paprika.  Excellent for drying for paprika.   Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


Hungarian Paprika- 77 days- Not for eating fresh, but once it turns red, the fruits are a dry, almost leathery texture.  When dried and ground will make an excellent paprika.  Pkt. $2.75  Certified Organic Seed






This group is best used to make preserved peppers.  They, of course, can also be eaten fresh and have very thick flesh.


Alma Paprika - 75 days - Thick walled sweet cheese, box shaped fruits.  They start out cream color and turn to red.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Bulgarian Red Pimento- 75 days- Very hard, thick flesh, red pimento, some come out top shaped.  A hot type, not scorching but spicy.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Doe Hill Golden Bell-  80 days- a Virginia heirloom that is very productive. Plants produce an abundance of medium sized orange colored pimento type peppers.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Gambro - 80 days - Red, pimento type, sweet and meaty.  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Ruffled Red Pimento - 80 days -  Nice, thick fleshed pimento.  Fruits tend to be predominantly top shaped.  Some get elongated. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Tangerine Pimento- 83 days- Flattened, orange flesh, pimento type.   Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


Topepo Rosa- 80 days - Nice, thick walled, red pimento.One of the best producers we had in 2016  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed  




This group just doesn’t fit any other group.  Many of them make great pickled peppers or are great fresh for salad garnish.


Golden Greek- 75 days- 2 to 3 inch elongated thumb sized peppers.  Used for making pickled peppers.  Not overly sweet (but not hot), good pepper flavor.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Little Dickens - 80 days - Beautiful dwarf plants with orange red, finger sized peppers pointing upward.  Very decorative.   Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Red Dickens- 80 days- a red version of Little Dickens, decorative and planted in combination gives an attractive garden border. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Sweet Pickle- 85 days- Very colorful pepper about thumb sized.  Very productive colors start pale yellow and progress to bright orange.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Tequila Sunrise - 75 days - Ripen from green to orange, about 5 to 6 inches long, carrot shaped, distinct sharp flavor.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed



My favorite group for eating.  They are sweet with no pepper aftertaste.  While they are called frying peppers, they are excellent eaten fresh off the plant with a delightful fresh taste.


Dulce Italiano- 85 days- I am very fond of Italian frying type peppers and the  lack of after taste when eating liek a typical bell pepper. This one is larger and fatter as well as later than most. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Gatherer’s Gold- 85 days- very  thick walled large fruits maturing to a  pretty shade of orange.  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic  Seed


Giant of Italy - 80 days - I am very fond of the flavor and yields of the Italian type peppers.  The only problem is with the sandy soil we have and with all of the wrinkly skin they have, they tend to collect particles of sand from the soil.  This is especially in years when we have to irrigate by sprinkler.  It appears to splash the sand up into the plant more than rain and this means a lot of washing or you get a gritty pepper.  I have attempted to keep the yield and flavor and selected for a more smooth skinned variety.  A 2014 Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction.  Pkt. $2.25  Certified Organic Seed -OSSI pledged variety

Italian Sweet Frying- 50 days- Very early, long, shiny pepper that resembles a hot pepper, but is very sweet.  Turns red as it matures.   Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed 

Jimmy Nardello- 60 days- A large, nice, very productive sweet frying pepper.  Thanks to Kim Mullen for getting us a start of this great pepper.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Jimmy Nardello- 60 days non certified seed grown by Curt Burroughs, no chemicals used. Pkt. $1.75


Lemme’s Italian- 71 days- Italian Frying-type pepper.  Fatter and shorter in size than Italian Frying and Jimmy Nardello.  Excellent eaten fresh.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Lombardo - 80 days - A thinner, very productive type that starts out yellow green and ripens red.  As sweet and tasty as the others, but thinner, wrinkly fruits.  Pkt. $2.75  Certified Organic Seed

Rossa Dulce de Appendere- 85 days-   another thicker, fatter and larger Italian frying type.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Stocky Red Roaster- A sweet cone shaped red pepper, 5 to 7 inches long with excellent production and good tolerance of cool spring temperatures.  This is a very good pepper for kitchen food seasoning and for grilling or roasting.   Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed OSSI pledged variety developed by Frank Morton




Aci Sivri- 80 days- Turkish Heirloom - Tall plants produce 7 to 10 inch long, thin green (turning red) peppers.  Variable heat.  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Aji Colorado - 83 days - Very productive, bushy plants that produce many green, turning scarlet red, 3 to 4 inch pointed peppers of medium heat.  A common pepper in Peruvian cooking.  Pkt. $2.25  Certified Organic Seed

Aji Amarillo - 85 days - Very productive plants with 3 to 4 inch bright lemon yellow, pointed peppers of medium heat.  Distinctive flavor pepper that is very common in Peru. I noticed as the fruits are mature the end of the pepper has an almost citrus taste until you hit the seeds and then wow the heat kicks in. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Anaheim Mild- 80 days- large tall plants with  large  mild  peppers that have just enough zip to make them very flavorful. Remove the seeds and they are superb for Chile Rellenos.  Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Ancho- 92 days- Deep green, semi-bell shaped, mildly hot.  Pkt. $1.75  Certified Organic Seed

Andes Rainbow-  80 days. I was always impressed with the color and beauty of Bolivian Rainbow, but the peppers are so small it was  a pain to pick them. This is a cross to increase the size to about 8 times larger or about  the size of a small chicken egg. All of the colors and beauty are still there just  a larger fruit. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed.

Bhut Jolokia - 85 days - Named hottest pepper.  Orange red peppers get 2 1/2 inches long.  Use extreme care in usage.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Bolivian Rainbow - 85 days - Gorgeous plants with purple turning to yellow to orange to red fruits that look like miniature teardrops, very prolific.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Bulgarian Carrot- 65 days- Bright orange, thin walled, clusters of orange colored carrot shaped fruits, hot.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Bulgarian Spice-  80 days - Short, stocky red peppers of moderate heat.  Plants are heavy producers.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


Bulgarian Top- 75 days- Variable in shape, but predominately red top shape, mildly hot.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Bulgarian Wax- 75 days- Yellow to orange (then red), very large banana shaped pepper, medium hot.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Carlo Putini - 80 days - Italian heirloom, thick walled, blocky, cayenne, turns green to red, very high yields.  Thanks to the Chico's everyone gets a free packet this year  We are sorry we have depleted our seed supply for 2019. WE LOST THE ENTIRE CROP TO RABBITS IN 2019. We will return  in 2021  with  free packets again.


Cayenne Large Red Thick- 75 days- Very productive, ornamental and functional.  4 to 5 inches long, thin pepper that ripens red.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed  


Chapeau de Frade- 100 days- Late, but beautiful.  True bell-shaped (not like a bell pepper) hot pepper.   Plants can get 6 to 7 feet tall and are loaded with red bell shaped peppers.  Pkt. $2.50 

Chili Rayado- 85 days- Hot chili type with sort of a Jalapeno shape.  Sent to us from Mexico. Fruits  can get  rough netting on them as they age. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed


Christmas Variegated - 90 days - An ornamental, yet very hot pepper.  Compact plants are loaded with the 2 inch, thin spicy hot, green turning red fruits, many hundred peppers per plant.  Please use care when harvesting these as they are very hot.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed


Czech Black - 90 days - Little wider than a Jalapeno, otherwise about the same size.  2 to 3 foot tall plants, fruit is deep purple and ripens to a garnet red.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


Doug’s- 100 days- Rather late, heavy yields of green peppers turning red as they ripen, 3 to 4 inches long, EXTREMELY  HOT,  rather  provocative unusual shape.  We  had a huge crop in 2017. Pkt. $3.00   Certified Organic Seed


Golden Cayenne- 65 days-  Extremely high yields of bright yellow, 4 to 6 inch, thin peppers.  Very hot and decorative.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Habanero- 105 days- Very late and very HOT.  Beautiful little crumpled looking fruits turning from green to yellow to orange.  Pkt. $1.75


Hungarian Hot Wax- 70 days- Super heavy yields of banana yellow peppers, turning red at maturity.  Moderately hot.  Pkt. $1.75  Certified Organic Seed

Jalapeno- 85 days-  Fairly tall plants produce an abundance of dark green hot peppers.  Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed


Lemon Drop-  90 days- Very late and very productive. Similar to Aji Amarillo only much hotter. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed


Mexican Chili Bell- 80 days- Bell to semi-bell miniature hot peppers. Look basically like Red, Chocolate, and Yellow Miniature only deep green ripening to  a deeper red with a very hot taste. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed


Orange Thai-  90 days- similar to Thai Hot ,but fruits are longer, tend to be more downward pointing  and less plentiful and a nice shade of orange.  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed.


Punjab Lal- 85 days- A tiny, pointed, red hot pepper from Taiwan.  EXTREMELY HOT and very productive.  Pkt. $2.25  Certified Organic Seed


Purple-  90 days- a very ornamental pepper that has purplish plants and colorful flowers with large acorn sized deep purple peppers with  lots of heat.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed 

Purple Cayenne- 80 days- Somewhat variable in shape.  Peppers start out a beautiful purple and eventually turn red.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Tennessee Spice- 82 days- Very similar to a tobasco in shape and size.  About the length of a little finger.  Very pointed and red in color.  Very hot.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Thai Hot- 90 days- Unbearable hot, plants get bushel basket size and are loaded with many small less than 1 inch sized slim peppers that start green and turn red. Takes a long season to get red. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed 


Trinidad Scorpion Moruga - 85 days - Super hot, scorpion type chili, sets the record for heat.  Be very careful when handling these UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Volcano- 70 days-  Larger version of Hungarian Hot Wax, greenish yellow turning red.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed




We have broken these out of the main group of hot peppers as they are not incredibly hot and, when used in cooking, tend to add a bit of zip that is not horribly hot.

Golden Ancho - 80 days - A pale yellow Pablano type that ripens to red.  Mildly hot (not scorching) and a good one for cooking.  I selected this one for mildness and color.  A 2014 Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020 Rabbits !


Guajillo - 83 days - An excellent mild chili that is thick walled, green turning red, stays well.  This was sent to us by our friend Sonny Gogel from Missouri.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Tobago Seasoning - 85 days - Strong pepper taste, hot near the seeds.  Flesh is not hot, but is spicy.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed


Trinidad Perfume - 90 days - Hot only near the seeds, otherwise strong pepper taste.  Green turning to yellow and then to a bright red.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Trinidad Seasoning - 85 days - Strong pepper taste,  mildly hot near seeds.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Zavory-  90 days-  thick foliage and robust plants produce  many balloon teardrop  shaped  habanero looking fruits.  Mild yet spicey. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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