What are the pros? good fruit production
What are the cons? maybe diseased seed
I grew Ozark Giant, King of the North, and Red Cheese in 2018. Disclaimer: I used straw mulch which suppressed soil temperatures and pepper plant growth. Of the varieties chosen, Red Cheese produced earliest and also the most individual red fruit (10 fruit per plant), but the flesh was tightly wrapped around the seeds, which made them fussy to eat raw or cut up. Ozark Giant produced 0 fruit for me, Ajvarski produced 5 red fruit per plant, and King of the North produced 5 red fruit per plant. Both Ozark Giant and King of the North were defoliated by a bacterial disease that started in the King of the North (possible seed contamination?). Interestingly, despite near complete defoliation, King of the North produced as much fruit as Ajvarski. The King of the North fruit also grew upside down, like some small chile pepper varieites! However, most fruit also ended up with bacterial spots. Ajvarski was bullet proof, but isn't a classic bell shape if that's what you're into.
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