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Heirloom California Wonder Bell Pepper Seeds | Grow California Wonder Bell Peppers

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Product Code: 02CWBP300

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The California Wonder 300 TMR is a very popular vegetable for the home garden! Glossy deep-green turning red at full maturity, these peppers reach 4 - 4 ½ “ x 3 to 4" in diameter. Average: 75 days

Detailed planting instructions:

Sow seeds indoors, 1/4 inch deep in flats, peat pots or cellpacks, 8-10 weeks before you anticipate transplanting outside. Seed germinates best when soil temperature is 80 F or higher. It will not germinate below 55 F.

Keep plants indoors in a warm (70 F during the day, 65 F at night), sunny location. Lack of light will produce leggy, unproductive transplants.

Don't be in a rush to transplant outside. Cold temperatures can weaken plants and they may never fully recover. A few days at 60 F to 65 F with reduced water will help harden plants and reduce transplant shock. Over-hardened plants grow slowly after transplanting.

Set plants out 2 to 3 weeks after average last frost when the soil has warmed and the weather has settled. Plant them 12 to 24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 36 inches apart, or spaced about 14 to 16 inches apart in raised beds.

Use black plastic and/or row covers to speed soil warming and early growth. Use caution with row covers not to overheat plants and cause them to drop their blossoms.

If not using black plastic, mulch plants after they are well established and the soil has warmed to retain moisture and control weeds.

Peppers can be temperamental when it comes to setting fruit if temperatures are too hot or too cool. Nighttime temperatures below 60 F or above 75 F can reduce fruit set.

Too much nitrogen fertilizer may promote lush vegetative growth but fewer fruits. Peppers usually responds well to phosphorus fertilizer.

Stake tall varieties for earlier and heavier harvest.

Peppers need even moisture for best performance. An even supply can reduce blossom end rot, a disorder caused by lack of calcium.

Do not plant in same spot more than once every 4 years.


Make sure the bell peppers are firm and shiny with a crisp texture. Use garden shears to clip the fruits from the plant instead of pulling them off.

Pick bell peppers when they are smaller in the beginning of summer. They may be taken when they are the size of a golf ball and frequent picking will encourage near-continuous fruit production. Immature bell peppers are soft and pliable with thin pale walls.

Take fully mature bell peppers when they are four to five inches long and have full, well-formed lobes. The older the fruit is, the thicker the skin will be.

Allow the bell peppers to ripen to their final color later in the season to get fruit of different colors. Ripe bell peppers may be yellow, red, orange or purple, depending on the variety. You can continue to harvest bell peppers until the first frost.

Store bell peppers at 50 degrees and at least 90 percent humidity, if possible. They should be stored away from other fruits and vegetables because they are sensitive to ethylene gas, which causes them to age faster.


Cut your favorite variety of pepper in half. All of the seeds inside are most likely viable and you can use them to grow the same variety of pepper in containers or in a sunny garden spot. Collect the seeds and lay them flat on a paper towel for 24 hours.

Label the plastic bag with the permanent marker with the name or variety of the pepper seeds. Place the seeds inside for planting.

Keep the seeds in a cool, but not cold, dark area until you are ready to start them in early spring.

  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: Contains vitamin A and vitamin C.

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So far so good. September 13, 2016
Reviewer: Linda from Chicago, IL United States  
I haven't had a chance to plant the seeds yet to see what kind of yield we're looking at, but the order process was smooth, came in a timely manner and everything looks good so far. I like the pouches the seeds came in. Looks like they will be protected for the longer haul than the paper seed packets.

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My favorite Bell Pepper September 4, 2016
Reviewer: Max from Southern Michigan  
The California Wonder produces large, thick, and sweet fruits. I've had outstanding success growing them. I use raised beds and red plastic sheet/mulch. You can get it from Gurneys. The plastic warms the soil which is important in northern areas and allows you to control moisture. Peppers don't like a lot of water. I use soaker hose under the plastic as needed and that's not a lot.

If you're wondering about survival and sustainability; this year, I used seed from a package that I opened 3 YEARS AGO. Still had over 80% germination and healthy plants. Re-seal the zip lock package the seeds came in and store them in a cool dry place. I've had the same success with the Roma tomato seeds.

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Bell Pepper September 1, 2016
Reviewer: Phil G from Swansea, MA United States  
My seeds were delivered quickly as promised. Also I'm quite impressed with the packaging. It's properly labeled and contains pertinent instructions. I'm looking forward to growing these seeds. I'll have more feedback in couple of months.

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Survival seeds July 28, 2016
Reviewer: John Drake from Julian, NC United States  
I bought these to stash away for the future, I really like that they are good for five years that's a big plus. The packaging is excellent and well made. The price cant be beat either!

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Good seeds June 22, 2016
Reviewer: CATH HELYAR from BRISTOL, VT United States  
I like the seeds, and this variety of bell pepper;
That's why I'm buying them again.
Because this crop is semi tropical,it does create a challenge; especially in zone 4.

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