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The Peter Pepper which is also known as Penis Pepper belongs to the species of Capsicum annuum.

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The Peter Pepper which is also known as Penis Pepper belongs to the species of Capsicum annuum var. annuum. It is known for its unique shape.

• It occurs in red and yellow varieties.
• The pepper is considered very rare.
• Its origin is unknown.
• The pepper is most commonly grown in Eastern Texas and Louisiana and Mexico.
• It was first popularized in the United States by Frank X. Tolbert.
• Its seeds are available from some private suppliers.
• It is adaptable to a variety of growing conditions.
• The pepper have often been noted for its phallic appearance.
• The red variety of this pepper has been described as a “miniature replica of the circumcised male organ.
• The pod of the pepper is wrinkled and has a round tip with a cleft.
• It is about 3 to 4 inches in length, and 1 to 1.5 inches wide upon maturing.
• The pod of the pepper is noted for its pungency.
• The pepper has been suggested for ornamental use rather than human consumption.
• It is sometimes pickled, as well.

Growing/Caring conditions for Peter

• Sow seedlings indoors.
• It prefers well-drained soils, such as silty or sandy loams, and 800–2,000 mm (31–79 in) of annual precipitation.
• Sow them late spring to early summer.
• A soil pH of 7.0 – 8.5 is good for this plant.
• The plant requires full sun.
• This plant needs temperatures to be at least 64 degrees F to germinate.
• Sow those eight to ten weeks before the last frost date for your area.
• They are a difficult in germination and seedlings grow slowly at first.
• Provide bottom heat or heat lamps to raise the soil temperature to 80 degrees.
• This will promote better and quicker germination.
• A heated germination mat works well.
• While your seedlings are growing, get your garden ready.
• Add plenty of compost, manure, and a general fertilizer.
• Peppers like hot weather.
• Transplant young seedlings outdoors after the last chance of frost.
• If the weather is still cool, delay transplanting a few days.
• Keep them in a cold frame, indoors.
• Space 18-24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 30 inches apart.
• Mulching around the peppers to keep down weeds, retain moisture, and help to feed the plant.
• As the peppers develop, use a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous and Potassium.
• Providing too much nitrogen will result in a great looking bushy, green plant, but few fruits.
• Peppers can be picked as soon as they reach a size which is edible.
• Continuous harvesting encourages the fruit to produce new flowers.
• Spider mites and aphids are the most common problems.
• An occasional borer insect is also known to attack this plant.
• Try an organic insecticide or dust.
• Fungal infections can be treated with fungicides. Apply treatment as soon as you see it.
• Potential pests include aphids, white flies, cutworms, pepper maggots, and Colorado potato beetles.
• Diseases include Verticillium wilt and mosaic virus.
• Frost will stunt or kill the plants.
• Cold weather can cause the plant to slow down or stunt it.
• Use a hot cap in on cold and frosty spring nights.

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