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Sweet pepper 'California wonder'

Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

California wonder is a popular variety of Sweet pepper, which belongs to the Capsicum genus (Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) 'California wonder'). 'California wonder' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar.

California Wonder is a mid-season, open-pollinated sweet bell pepper with crisp, thick-walled fruit that ripens from dark green to bright red. Its extra-large, blocky, three- or four-lobed fruit are prolifically and consistently borne on upright, bushy plants resistant to tobacco mosaic virus. A long growing season, high-quality fruit, and sweet flavor have resulted in California Wonder becoming one of the most popular open-pollinated bell peppers for both home and market growers. 1 2

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. California wonder is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.46 feet (that's 45.0 cm in metric).

California wonder Sweet pepper is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Sweet pepper 'California wonder'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that California wonder is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. USDA Hardiness Zone 9 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Ensure your soil has a ph of between 5.5 and 7.5 as California wonder is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing California wonder from seed

Sow in spring and summer. Can seed directly in mild climates.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.25 inches (0.64 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing California wonder about 32 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting California wonder

Transplant when seedlings have 5-6 leaves.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as California wonder is a tender plant.

Harvesting California wonder

75-80 days to harvest

Sweet pepper 'California wonder' information

How long does California wonder take to grow?

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Other Names for Sweet pepper 'California wonder'

Californian Wonder, Cal Wonder, California Wonder Bell

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