Cal Wonder Bell Pepper, also known as California Wonder, is an heirloom variety with large, blocky fruits. This has been the standard bell pepper variety for market gardeners and backyard gardeners since the 1920s. Fruits are 4″ x 3 1/2″ on average and have thick walls. Cal Wonder Bell Pepper is great for raw preparations, but also maintains its crunchy texture when cooked. If allowed to remain on the plant, green fruits will mature to a deep red color with even more flavor. Plants will begin to produce in late spring and continue production throughout summer until first frost in fall.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Cal Wonder Bell Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 60
Disease Resistance: Tobacco Mosaic Virus