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Sweet pepper 'California Wonder'    

Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

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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 heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   White. The mature flowers are of a Single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Dark spring green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green colour.

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) with a shrub-like habit. This variety tends to bloom in mid spring.

United States is believed to be where California Wonder originates from.

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 California Wonder

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

If a frost is predicted, pick all fruit and place indoors for the fruit to ripen more fully. You can freeze sweet types and dry hot types.

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 is potting mix, loamy and silty and has a ph of between 5.5 and 7.5 as Sweet pepper is a weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing California Wonder from seed

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

Start indoors six to eight weeks before last frost date.

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 48 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting California Wonder

Transplant when seedlings have 5-6 leaves. Be aware, do not plant peppers in the same place tomatoes or eggplants have grown before because all of these plants are members of the nightshade family and can contract the same diseases. Space transplants 1.5 to 2 feet apart, although hot peppers take less space than sweet ones

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 13°C / 55°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as California Wonder is a tender plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out California Wonder about 48 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting California Wonder

75-80 days to harvest

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer.

Other Names for Sweet pepper 'California Wonder'

Californian Wonder, Cal Wonder, California Wonder Bell

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