Heirloom. Cal Wonder forms large, blocky, thick-walled peppers with 3-4 large lobes perfect for stuffing. The glossy, deep-green peppers turn red at maturity. Cal Wonder’s upright plants are prolific producers. This is the leading market and shipping pepper, and is also a good home garden variety.
Pepper – California Wonder – Capsicum annuum
Soil & Water: Peppers require deeply-worked, well-drained soil with plenty of added organic matter and a pH of 6.0-6.8. Water deeply, but don’t over water.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost. Direct seeding is not recommended. Stake to keep fruit off the ground and mulch for disease and weed control. Blossom pruning will improve fruit size.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest the first fruits early to encourage continued production through the season. Cut (don’t pull) the fruit from the stems. These peppers may be harvested from the green stage through the color changes. Cal Wonder freezes well.
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