The short, cool growing season makes pepper production on the Prairies a risky venture, particularly if the objective is to produce mature red fruit. Growing the crop from transplants using both plastic mulch and crop covers are critical to successful pepper production.
- Double Up (SAK, WG) – Early maturing. Good yields of nice looking thick walled fruit
- Early Summer (SNV) – Good yields with few culls. Matures early
- Early Sunstation (NOR, DOM)
- Early Thickset Improved (PAR) – Good yields. High % turned red
- Fat n Sassy (EFG, T+T)
- Giant Marconi (DOM, NOR)
- Golden Fairy (EG)
- King Arthur (SW, J) – Early and good yields
- Olympus (SW, J)
- Orange Sun (WCS)
- Red Knight X3R (ST, SW)
- Redstart (ST, EFG) – one of the earliest to turn red, this cultivar produces large numbers of relatively small fruit.
- Socrates X3R (NOR, ST, DOM) – early maturing, excellent yields and uniform fruit quality.
- Super Heavyweight (REI)
- SVR 1819 (NOR) – Good yields but slow to change color
Hot-type (jalapeno, habanero, chili, cayenne)
- Cherry Bomb (SW, SIE) – good yields of attractive round fruit, which turn red early, fruit are both hot and tasty.
- Chili Grande (ST)
- Golden Heat (Cayenne) (SW) – early maturing with great yields of thick walled yellow fruit. Medium hot.
- Grande (SIE, SEM, WG)
- Mucho Nacho (T+T) – high yielding jalapeno style pepper with good combination of flavor and heat.
- Ring of Fire (ST)
- Thai Dragon (WCS)
- Volcano (HAN)
Visit the 2000 Vegetable Cultivar and Cultural Trials for the most current hot pepper trials.