California Wonder Bell Pepper was introduced in 1928 and has become the standard for bell peppers. California Wonder Bell Peppers grow on a sturdy compact plant that grows upright on a solid bush type habit that can reach as tall as 45-61 cm (18-24") in height with a spread that reaches 40-45 cm (14-18”) wide. We provide additional support for most of our pepper plants, especially if they are prolific producers like California Wonder Bell. Plant produces heavy yields of peppers that are 10 cm (4”) long by 9 cm (3½”) wide. Peppers are blocky, with 3-4 lobes, smooth skinned, thick walled and sweet. They begin green, but with enough heat they will turn a brilliant red.
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Plant in well-draining soil in a warm, sunny location after the danger of frost has passed. Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Peppers prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Water regularly, making sure the soil stays moist but not waterlogged. Harvest peppers when they reach full size and have reached their mature color.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil. Soil pH: 6.0-6.8. Planting Depth: Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 30-90cm (12-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 60-100 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart.