Pepper, Cal Wonder Sweet Bell (Capsicum annuum) - 30 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Easy to grow
•USDA Zones: 3-12
Sweet California Wonder Bell Pepper is one of the most popular large bell pepper plants around. The fruit is delicious for snacking, salads, sautéing or stuffing. These bell peppers pack plenty of crunch and vitamins, including vitamins C and A. The 4-inch fruit will be mature about 75 days after planting.
To direct sow, plant seeds after the threat of frost. To get the earliest start to maximize the growing season, start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last average frost date in the spring. Start in a seed starting mix, planting 1/4" deep and cover the container or tray with plastic to retain moisture then place in a warm, sunny spot. All peppers like heat, so keep the soil around 80° is preferred. Without adequate heat, germination can take significantly longer. A plant heating mat does wonders and is an amazing tool for any home gardener. Once seeds germinate and grow 2-3 true leaves, move them to a larger container filled with damp potting mix and keep consistently moist. Transplant to the garden a few weeks after the threat of frost and the soil temperature is around 65°. Make sure to harden the plants off by slowly exposing them to the elements over the course of a week to prevent stress. Likewise, remove any blossoms that may have formed before transplanting. This helps focus the energy of the plant to the primary structure and leads to a healthier transition. Leave 18" between plants, water and mulch an inch or two. Mulching will help retain moisture and protect the roots. Ensure 1-2" of moisture per week. In colder areas, laying plastic over the soil can help retain heat, but remove it once the soil temps get over 65°.
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