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In the fall of 2011, before frost, Liz Como of Stoneham, Maine, brought three potted sweet pepper plants inside to see if the small fruits would continue to grow into edible-sized peppers. Those with tiny peppers produced edible-sized peppers by November and stayed green all winter. This March the plants began flowering again, and by mid-April more small peppers had formed. Liz repotted them into larger pots and added more soil and compost.

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'Matchbox' peppersIn late September, my glossy green ‘Matchbox’ peppers, with their heavy load of waxy red and yellow chilies, were like decorated Christmas trees. We used to grow ‘Super Chili’ before we grew ‘Matchbox,’ because ‘Super Chili’ deserved its All America Selections award when it was released over a decade ago.

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