Derksen Pepper

SKU: 0146A-P25

Item Details

Short-statured plants with fruit averaging 2.3" long, 1.3" wide. Small, conical, bell-like shape fruit, green ripening to red. Medium-high heat, good flavor. This variety was donated by Dennis Derksen, who got it from his parents, who received it from a sister-in-law, Anna Derksen. The pepper is from Anna’s family; it came to the U.S. from Russia in the 1850s with German Mennonites who settled near Mountain Lake, Minnesota. Dennis’ wife Mary cans pickled green peppers which have a special place at meals during family gatherings and holidays.

  • Organic

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.

  • Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
  • Germination: 14 Days
  • Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart
  • Light: Full Sun

Ratings & Reviews

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beautiful and hot!


Beautiful plants and fruit. If these are in the “medium” hot category, they are pushing the boundary! Mine are at least 2x jalapeño hot. Okay, so these numbers do not have science behind them. But jus sayin watch out.

Andre the Giant Pepper Plant


This was my first year growing this variety and the description says short statures plant but the single plant in my garden is a giant. Easily 6’ - 3” tall and currently taller than my Russian sunflowers. Giant is almost an understatement as this significantly dwarfs all other peppers I’ve grown in both height and width. I have yet to harvest any peppers from this plant as of July 5th in zone 5 but I’m still impressed with the small derksen pepper tree.

reliable and easy


Main ingredient of my hot sauce I sell at the farmer's market. Heavy yield compared to a lot of other hot peppers I tried. Also not really susceptible to disease, even with the very wet summer over here