Salsa Deep Orange pepper if perfect for a festive fall season
whether you use it in the landscape, mixed container or as a
table top decoration.
you decorate for Oktoberfest, a local Scarecrow Festival, or just want
to create a dazzling fall display, then Salsa Deep Orange is a must
plant. This is one of several great ornamental peppers that can add
spice to your landscape, mixed containers or fall decoration whether
it is street side or on the dining room table.
Orange comes to us from Takii Seed and is one of four single colors in
the Salsa series, along with two additional mixes. There are also
Salsa Orange, Salsa Red and Salsa Yellow. These are small, compact
plants that reach 6 to 10 inches and load up with more colorful
peppers than you would ever imagine for that size of plant. They
spread to about 12 inches so they make great border plants.
gardeners have a tendency to plant these in a straight line, know that
an informal drift or sweep will also look absolutely stunning. The
Salsa Deep Orange or Salsa Yellow will make an incredible partner with
some of the new black violas like Sorbet Blackberry or Sorbet Black
Delight. They would also combine wonderfully with Purple Flash
peppers like these and others you may find at your garden center not
only work for your decorative displays but they also make perfect
companions for your fall blooming asters, mums, sunflowers and
In warmer parts
of the country garden centers are loaded with ornamental peppers. But
if your region demands planting next spring know that you will have a
ton of options. Try partnering them for the long summer with lime
green selections of coleus or gold lantana, or use them in a tropical
setting, where they look right at home with bananas, cannas and
plant now or in the spring, grow the ornamental pepper much as you
would the bell pepper. Before removing the peppers from their
containers, dig their holes in the garden soil. Gardeners know they
can plant a tomato deeper than it grew in the container, but you must
plant the pepper at the same depth it is presently growing.
peppers with a complete garden fertilizer, preferably one that is
higher in phosphorous, such as a 10-20-10. Apply 2 tablespoons per
plant at three- to four-week intervals. You can use dilute,
water-soluble fertilizer every other week if you prefer or if you’re
growing them in a container. Keep your plants watered and mulched and
they will give you an unfailing performance all season.
A lot of
gardeners do eat the Salsa peppers, and like the name says they are
using them in a variety of salsas. They are definitely on the hot
side. If you want peppers that are more child friendly, then look for
Chilly Chili and Sweet Pickle. Both of these have been outstanding in
trials in which I have had the opportunity to participate. Ornamental
peppers are among the plants that leap off the garden center shelves
this time of the year. If you love them in the fall, I promise you’ll
treasure growing them all season long.