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The Lipstick pepper is a hardy perennial that grows well in most soil conditions.
The Lipstick Pepper turns red when fully ripe. It has a shape almost resembling that of a heart and can grow in some instances, up to five inches long.
The plant itself will grow up to two and a half feet in height.
You can grow lipstick peppers from seed or start them from cuttings taken from a plant in bloom. Plant lipstick peppers in full sun or partial shade and give them plenty of water.
Lipstick peppers are not as well known as other varieties of peppers but they are fast becoming a “fan favorite”.
For those who like a sweet pepper without having to “fight the heat”, then the Lipstick pepper will be a great choice.
In my world, experts are now putting it ahead of the bell pepper as the go-to sweet pepper choice.
That may be a little presumptuous but don’t be surprised if this occurs. One of the reasons is the amount of fruit it can produce per plant.
Another reason to consider the Lipstick variety is because it’s an easy plant to grow.
Requirements For Growing Lipstick Pepper Plants
Lipstick pepper plants are a beautiful addition to any garden, but there are a few requirements you need to meet before growing them.
The first is that they need plenty of sunlight. They should be planted in an area where they will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Lastly, these plants like warm weather and should be planted in an area where the temperature stays above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
So with that said, here’s the short list of requirements to grow Lipstick peppers:
– The plants need plenty of sunlight – at least six hours per day.
– They should be planted in soil that is rich in organic matter and has good drainage.
– Lipstick peppers like warm weather and will thrive in areas such as the United States south.
– The plants can be grown from seed or from transplants.
– Seeds should be sown indoors about 8 weeks before the last frost date, and then transplanted outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.
– Plants should be spaced 18-24 inches apart in the garden.
– Pepper plants require regular watering and fertilizing to produce a good crop of peppers. Mulching will help retain soil moisture and keep the weeds down.
Can Lipstick Peppers Be Grown In Colder Climates?
In the United States, Lipstick peppers will definitely flourish in the south where the weather is warmer.
However, if you live in the north of the country, then the window of opportunity to grow them is more limited.
Having said that, one of the great things about this pepper is, it’s an easy plant to grow…even in colder climates.
How is this possible? Pots and containers.
Lipstick peppers grow well in pots. One of the keys for those growing them every year in warm climates is that they start them out as indoor plants. This plan can be followed with success in cooler climates.
In fact, depending on the space you have inside, there may be no need to transplant them in the garden.
Make sure you use a pot that’s at least five gallons in size because they don’t like to be cramped. And they need soil that drains well.
Lipstick pepper plants won’t do well in water that just sits. So make sure your pot drains well with several holes at the bottom of it.
The Lipstick pepper plant will take two to three months to reach is mature age. When it does, get ready for a serious harvest.
This pepper doesn’t hold back in the amount of fruit it will deliver.
Having said this, whether you leave them in a pot or grow them outside, it’s a good idea to stake them as with the amount of fruit they produce, a plant can be bent over quite easily.
If you have the opportunity to plant the Lipstick in your garden, then make sure the night time temperature doesn’t fall below fifty to fifty five degrees Fahrenheit.
Maintenance Needs For Lipstick Pepper Plants
Lipstick pepper plants are easily maintained.
While they don’t need a lot of fertilizer during the first 2-4 weeks after planting, make sure you step up the amount of fertilizer they receive after they are established.
During the initial planting phase, slow-release fertilizer is a recommended option. This is easily done simply by adding it into the hole you create when planting each plant.
This can seem laborious but will be well worth it in the end.
I generally don’t go crazy with too much fertilizer but instead like to grow my peppers in soil rich in nutrients.
A good compost soil will negate the need to continually monitor a plants fertilizer needs and more importantly, can save you money.
Find a good compost soil either by going to your nearest garden center or just order it online.
I always check locally first and if they can’t help me, then I go to Amazon. Prices are generally better online.
Remember to ensure your peppers get at least six hours of sunlight a day. For those growing indoors in pots or containers, if they are in an area with limited sunshine, take them outside for several hours during the day.
When Are Lipstick Peppers Ready To Harvest?
Lipstick peppers should be harvested when they are bright red and have a sweet flavor.
They can be harvested late in the season, even after the first frost. Be sure to harvest them before the cold weather kills them.
As mentioned earlier, a Lipstick pepper plant will take anywhere from 60-90 days to mature.
Some people like to pick these peppers before they turn red and that’s fine. But I will tell you if you’re a real connoisseur of peppers, sweet or hot, then you’ll want to wait until they are full red fruit.
There’s a sweetness to these peppers like no other and flavor is incredible.
Just don’t be in a hurry to harvest them.
Finally, like a lot of fruit and vegetables, they’ll deteriorate over time, between one to two weeks when put in refrigeration.
While the weather remains warm, leave them on the plant as long as possible. Or if you put them in the fridge and want to get as much as the fresh flavor you can out of them, eat them within a week.