Trays of 6
■ 2 Months from seedling to fruiting
■ 3 Weeks from flowering to green pepper then yellow then red pepper
■ 15 fruit per month
The "California Wonder" Green pepper is a heirloom plant. The standard bell pepper for many decades, this 1928 introduction is still the largest open-pollinated, heirloom bell you can grow a perfect pepper 10 by 7cm, thick-walled, tender and flavorful fruit.
Plant "California Wonder" Green pepper in a weed free area. Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food). When growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
Space 45cm apart