California Wonder Sweet Pepper Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet yields approximately 24 plants when started indoors.
3.4285714285714 out of 5 stars
(7 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock
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.
$2.49 30 seeds

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.

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California Wonder Sweet Pepper Seeds Reviews

7 reviews

Looking great

5 out of 5 stars Jul 11, 2019
These are growing so good, about to transplant into ground.
Vikki Gavin from FL

Growing wonderfuly lots of peppers!

5 out of 5 stars Aug 25, 2020
I started these inside and moved them outside once the danger of frost had passed. The currently have about 7 peppers on each plant. I harvested the first of them yesterday and plan to make a gazpacho with it today. They are perfectly formed and large I am very excited about them!
Heather Ambrecht from GA


4 out of 5 stars Nov 14, 2020
We have not been as successful as hoped...even the plants we bought have not done well either. The peppers are not very big and then start to die off. Will try again next season if we are here for the summer again. Not the seeds fault, just the extremely hot weather and strong wind not conducive.
Michael Mc Daniel from NV

Very little germination.

1 out of 5 stars Jul 3, 2021
My first planting indoors included six of these seeds and not one sprouted. The second try, ai places the seeds in a damp paper towel in a ziplock and placed them on top of my fridge for a few days until they sprouted. Once sprouts showed, I planted them in soil and they barely grew. Once they were big enough to transplant, I did so and they are the straggliest, most pathetic plants in my garden. All of my other varieties are doing fantastic under the same conditions.
Genevieve from NC
Owner Response: Hello Genevieve, Thank you for your feedback. Peppers need very warm soil conditions to grow (70-90 degrees F) and often need a heat mat even in indoor conditions to get going quickly. Once germinated they will need supplemental light, like from a grow light for 14 to 16 hours a day or they will be spindly. Germinating seeds in the refrigerator wouldn't be beneficial for this tropical plant. We are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues. You can find more tips about growing peppers in the article linked under the "More Info" tab on this page. Please don't hesitate to contact us when you are experiencing issues so we can help you get things growing before it is so late. Happy gardening!

California wonder I wonder

3 out of 5 stars Nov 14, 2021
Had good germination and transplanted it into a planter in my greenhouse during summer. Got a few fruits but nothing got big enough for me to eat. Took a longgg time to grow.
Leia from CA
Owner Response: Hi Leia, Smaller than usual fruit can occur due to nutrients or if they are grown in a small container the plants and fruit will be smaller to accommodate the growing restrictions. Fell free to contact us for growing help.

Not great germination

1 out of 5 stars Feb 16, 2022
I was so hopeful for these peppers. I planted an entire packet at end of February indoors last year and not a single one germinated. This was a shock since all of my other botanical Interests seeds germinated well. Trying again this year.
Genevieve from NC
Owner Response: Hi Genevieve, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry you had difficulty germinating these peppers. A customer service agent will be contacting you by email to help. Peppers do need more heat to germinate than every other seed we carry (70-90 degrees F) and in many cases will need to be moved to warmer part of the house or a heat mat might be necessary.

It grew great for me

5 out of 5 stars Aug 9, 2022
The largest pepper plant I've grown! I now have 9 large peppers on one plant. Grows great for my area

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