An old-time favorite since 1928 for good reason! 'California Wonder's' large, uniform shape makes it ideal for stuffing. Delicious grilled, they are perfect for shish kabobs. Peppers left on the plant will turn a beautiful, bright red, and have more vitamin C than an orange! Good container variety, and dependable performer even in short season climates.
• Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum
• Days to Maturity: 75 days from transplanting
• Family: Solanaceae
• Native: Americas
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual
• Plant Dimensions: 18"–30" tall, 12"–18" wide
• Variety Information: 4" long, 3"–3 ½" wide, blocky shape, thick flesh. The immature green pepper is commonly called "green bell." If left on the plant to mature, it turns to a rich red, commonly referred to as "red bell," and is sweeter and milder than the green one.
• When to Sow Outside: For Mild Climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 55°F. Mild • Climates: May be sown in late summer for fall/winter crop.
• Days to Emerge: 10–25 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: Start indoors
• Row Spacing: 24"–36"
• Thinning: Start indoors, plant seedlings 18"–24" apart outside
• Harvesting: Peppers can be harvested green or left on the vine to mature to bright red and very sweet.