Cubanelle Sweet Pepper


65 days | I’ve never grown Cubanelle peppers but I’m excited to try them! Commonly used in Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine, it’s said to produce 6-8″ peppers that are sweet and mild with rich flavor. Thin walls and low water content lend well to roasting, stuffing and as a substitute for Anaheim peppers. Best picked when yellow-green but can be left to turn orange-red. Peppers are known for their imperfect shapes and sometimes they can have just a touch of heat.



Sweet peppers are best planted after the threat of frost has passed and weather has warmed. I usually wait until the last week of May here in Minnesota Zone 4.

When I plant my peppers, whether sweet or hot, I plant them roughly 15 inches apart. Now that may seem close for how large a pepper plant can get, however, I’ve found that planting them too far apart can leave some peppers exposed and causes sun scald on the fruit. When planted closer together, you don’t sacrifice production and the plants work together to protect the fruit.

Once planted, I often place a good 5-6″ layer of mulch around the row. If I’m running soaker hoses, I do so before laying the mulch. My mulch often consists of grass clipping or straw. Both will compost down throughout the season; improving your soil and feeding the plants.

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