Nation of Gardeners results: Pepper King of the North

King of the North is a pepper that Mr Fothergills will introduce in 2015 and is reputed to be one of the earliest ‘bell’ types around.   This pepper can be grown in large pots and placed in a sheltered patio area.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Pepper King of the North in January 2014 as part of a trial on this pepper that will run in tandem with the trials at Mr Fothergill’s trial grounds in Kentford.   The gardeners were asked to record details such as when the first pepper was picked from date of sowing, number of peppers over the season, size of plant etc.  to check for any variations around the country.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 26 January 3 February Sown in unheated windowsill propagator on North East facing windowsill.  The peppers showed 100% germination. 10 seedlings from 10 seeds. King of the North was the quickest to germinate but after  couple of weeks both look exactly the same.
Renfrewshire 28m 18 January 23 February Pot placed on heated propagator mat. 7 out 7 seeds germinated.  As of 23/2/14 seedlings around 1.5 inches tall so transplanted to individual 7cm pots
North Devon 30-50m 22 January 11 February Sown on South East facing windowsill – no added heat source. 25/02 Signs of first seedling sprouting. placed onto radiator for evening warmth and windowsill by day Update 14/3/14 – potted onto larger pot for fresh compost and more growth – still slow but steady growth
Worcestershire 55m 27 January Sown in unheated windowsill propagator. No germination as of 10 February and so they have been moved to south facing windowsill
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 17 January 9 February Sown outside in caravan at 13C, Seem very slow to start.
Bristol 55m 30 January 6 February Sown in south facing room.
Suffolk 6m 21 January 30 January Pricked out 1 March.
Hertfordshire 150m 19 January 7 March Sown in west facing room.
Surrey 58m 26 January 4 February Sown into soil at 17c, room 16c. 20 February: 10 seedlings healthy and strong. 23 February: transplanted to larger pots
Pontypridd 157m 27 January 4 February 100% germination. 23 February: transplanted before true leaves formed as were getting leggy.
Buckinghamshire 66m 22 January 3 February Sown in west facing room.  3 out of 5 germinated.
Guildford 56m 28 January Sown on window sill in utility room in unheated propagator. Slow to germinate but once appeared are very strong. KOTN quickest but both at the same stage by 4 March. 5 out of 6 germinated
Gloucestershire 74m 13 January Sown on south facing windowsill
Moray Elected not to sow
Derbyshire 241m 19 January 24 January Heated propagator to germinate. Looking strong.  100% germination. 15 March: potted on to individual pots.  22 April: all looking healthy and strong.

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