The yield of sweet pepper mainly depends not on its variety, but on the climatic conditions of the area where it is grown. That is why it is recommended for our latitudes to choose varieties of domestic selection that are already adapted to our unpredictable climate. One of the best sweet peppers for the middle lane is Hercules.
Sweet pepper Hercules has rather compact semi-sprawling bushes with a height of up to 50 cm. Dark green leaves of medium size with a slightly wrinkled texture are placed on them. Against the background of such foliage, the drooping red large fruits of this variety of sweet pepper look especially advantageous. They begin to ripen in about 100 days from germination. Their cuboid shape has the following dimensions: length up to 12 cm, width up to 11 cm, and the average weight will be about 200 grams. They acquire a red color only during the period of biological maturity. In the period of technical maturity, the fruits are colored dark green.
Important! Pepper Hercules can be used both during the period of biological maturity and during the technical period. Regardless of the degree of ripeness, its pulp will be devoid of bitterness in taste.
This variety of sweet pepper has a juicy and aromatic pulp with rather thick walls - about 7 mm. It has universal application. Due to its thickness, it is perfect for canning.
This variety got its name for a reason. Its plants and large fruits are not afraid of the most common diseases of this culture. They have a special immunity to fusarium. Hercules stands out for its yield. From each bush, you can get up to 3 kg of peppers.
The Hercules sweet pepper variety is perfect for both open beds and for growing in greenhouses and film shelters.
Important! Due to the compact size of its bushes, Hercules will not take up much space and will be able to produce higher yields per square meter than other varieties.
Plants of this variety are grown in seedlings. When sowing seeds for seedlings in March, planting in a permanent place is carried out no earlier than mid-May. Since sweet peppers are a rather thermophilic crop, young plants should be planted only after the end of the frost. By the time of planting, the soil temperature should warm up to at least 10 degrees.
Ready seedlings of sweet pepper Hercules are planted in pre-prepared soil every 50 cm.When planting in open ground, it is recommended to cover the plants with a film for the first time to facilitate their adaptation in a new place. You do not need to do this when planting in a greenhouse.
The sweet pepper variety Hercules requires the same care as all representatives of this culture, namely:
- Timely watering. The regularity of watering is determined by each gardener independently, depending on the condition of the soil and weather conditions. The minimum watering frequency should be 2 times a week. Up to 3 liters of warm, settled water should be applied under each plant;
- Top dressing. Hercules sweet pepper plants especially need it during the period of budding and fruit formation. For this, you can use any mineral or organic fertilizer. Feeding should be done no more than 2 times a month with a minimum break of one week;
- Loosening the soil. This procedure is optional, but its implementation will allow the root system to receive useful substances faster, which means it will develop better.
Important! Mulching the soil can replace loosening. The mulch prevents the formation of a crust on the soil, thereby lightening the structure of the top layer.
In addition, it helps to retain moisture for longer, reducing the frequency of watering.
To avoid mistakes in growing and caring for plants of this culture, we recommend that you read the video:
Compliance with the requirements of care is the main guarantee of an excellent harvest of the Hercules variety. You can start collecting it from July until October. Moreover, its fruits can be well stored without losing their taste and useful properties.
Nadezhda, 46 years old, Alekseevka
The variety Hercules chose after reading reviews about him on one of the forums. My compact bushes grew up to 70 cm. We immediately tied up the plants, and, as it turned out, not in vain. On each bush, up to 6 large fruits are tied at once. So if you don't tie it up, the bush can break. Their appearance is fully consistent with the photo from the package. Their taste is excellent, the flesh is very dense and juicy. We collected the harvest until mid-September. It could have been longer, but a sharp cold snap came. Hercules I can safely recommend.
Alexandra, 32 years old, Korolev
We plant Hercules along with other varieties in the greenhouse. Its yield lasts from July to October. The fruits are large and tasty. I like very much about this variety and the fact that it does not intercept sores from neighboring varieties. We plant it ourselves and recommend it to others.