Bill’s Striped

$2.75

  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Heat: sweet, no heat
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15+
  • Capsicum annuum
  • Bagged Bloom Seeds
    • “Bill’s Striped” is one of those amazing fortuitous accidents of nature that gift you with something new, delicious, and exciting. “Bill’s Striped” began when a gardening forum friend of mine, TimothyT in NC, shared a few plants of Giant Marconi (Sand Hill Preservation Center’s OP version) with a fellow local grower named Bill. One of these plants produced all striped fruit. The fruits were abundant, and Identical to Giant Marconi in every way, except that they were green with yellow/white stripes when unripe and red with darker red stripes when fully ripe. Bill did not save any seeds; however, TimothyT visited Bill and obtained seeds from the last ripe fruit from that plant.

      Seeds were widely shared for a large grow out effort with members of the gardening forum, who were instrumental in working to stabilize this striped beauty. In the sharing, in later generations some gardeners found fruits with alterations in shape and lacking stripes. This could be due to the variety not being stable at the time, unbagged bloom saved seeds/bee cross, environmental effects on shape, or all of the above. Because of this, there may be seeds presently in circulation under the name “Bill’s Striped” that are not producing fruits identical to the Bill’s Striped offered here. TimothyT in NC started off with 75% of plants showing striped fruit in 2015, and he has worked on getting all plants to have striped fruit. In the last two years, 100% of his plants have shown stripes.

      TimothyT has endorsed an elongated fruit, generally 6 to 8” long, horn-shaped and lightly lobed, sometimes tapering to a blunt 2-4 lobes at the bottom but other times more pointed (even on the same plant), but always red with lengthwise stripes that appear yellow to cream on green fruits and lighter red to cream on fully ripe fruits. Stripes do not appear until the baby fruits have gained some size.

      Note that in the original description, the ripe fruits were described as red with darker red stripes. After a careful comparison of fruits and many images, it seems that the darker red is the base color of the fruit, and the stripes are lighter red or cream. It can be difficult to determine…is the tiger black with orange stripes, or orange with black stripes? Well, we have figured out the stripe color on a tiger…Bill’s Striped may take a bit longer.

      One packet per order, please.

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