|The cultivar, 'Ironsides X3R are large peppers and similar to 'Merlin'. Dark green, 4 1/2 inch peppers mature to dark red. An early red bell, mature in 68 days.
C. annuum seeds should be started indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Sow the seeds in sandy soil and give them warmth; night time temperatures should be above 62F. Transplant 12-16 inches apart. Likes a fertilizer treatment once a month. To keep compact, pinch leaves on young plants. Full sun produces best growth and fruiting results.