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Almanac Planting California Wonder Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum)

California Wonder Bell Pepper

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Capsicum annuum

Overview

Uses: Bell pepper production

Benefits: Easy to grow. Produces 4" thick-walled, delicious fruit. High yielding. 

Zones: 3 - 12 

Sun: Full 

Life Cycle: Annual 

Mature Height: 24"

Mature Width: 12"

Bloom Season: Summer

Summary

The California Wonder Bell Pepper, often referred to simply as "Cal Wonder", is one of more popular and better performing varieties of heirloom bell pepper plants. 

It's best known for its thick-walled fruit and heavy fruit, as well as its sweet, delicious taste. 

The fruit is large, blocky, and thick-walled. This makes them one of the best types of peppers for stuffing. They're also great when sliced and used in any cooking application that requires bell peppers. 

Care

Bell Pepper Plant Care

Provide at least 8 hours of full sun daily. 10+ hours is better. 

Flower development will occur mid to late summer. Some flowers may be pinched to encourage a bushy plant. Flowers will eventually turn into peppers. 

Water regularly after planting or repotting, keeping soil moist but not wet until the plant is established. We suggest attempting to make sure your bell pepper plant gets about 1" of water every week during periods of growth.

California Wonder Bell Pepper Plants may be harvested early, while the fruit is still green. One may also wait until the fruit is fully matured and red, prior to harvesting. Early harvesting will increase overall yields. Waiting until the pepper is fully ripe and red will result in a sweeter, more flavorful pepper.

This plant, like all peppers, is an excellent companion for cucumber!

Plant 24" apart. 

Planting with tomatoes will repel many pests and attract beneficial insects to your tomato plants.

Do not allow prolonged exposure to temperatures below 50°F. Will die if exposed to frost. Often stunted by any temperatures below 60°F. Does best in temperatures above 65°F and below 95°F.

Size

Size of Bell Pepper Plants for Sale

We ship our Bell Pepper plants in 4" grow pots. Each plant will be appropriately sized for their pot. We suggest waiting at least 2 days after you receive your plant before you transplant it. This will give it time to recuperate from shipping. 

Size of Bell Pepper Plant When Fully Grown

Cal Wonder Bell Pepper plant grows to a size of around 24" tall and 18" wide. 

Additional Information

Botanical Name of Bell Pepper

  • Capsicum annuum

Toxicity and Risks of Bell Peppers

Bell pepper plants have parts that are considered toxic. They're members of the nightshade family, and produce toxic alkaloids.

These toxic alkaloids are most present in the unripe fruit, the stem, and the leaves of a pepper plant.

These parts of the plant may cause injury to a person or pet if consumed in high doses.