Small bushy plants. Dark green ovate leaves. Chilli need warm frost free weather, so protect with glass or plastic covers if planting outside in cooler areas.
Most varieties need a long growing period to produce many ‘chillies’.
California Wonder Pepper is a traditional ferry Morse item. This thick walled old time favorite pepper is one of the exotic varieties of peppers and in fact the standard of bell peppers. Also known by its Latin name Capsicum Annuum, this highly productive pepper variety adds flavour, color and crunch to dishes.
California Wonder Pepper apart from being a delicious edible also incorporates many health benefits. It is packed with many useful nutrients. It is a good source of vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B6 and Thiamine and possesses excellent anti-oxidant activity.
Harvest in 65-80 days
Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed.
Best planted at soil temperatures between 18°C and 35°C.
Space plants: 40-50cm
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 warm.
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. Stake tall varieties for earlier and heavier harvest.
Chilli 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.
Maintenance and care:
Plant approx. 1/4″ deep in individual cells or 4″ pots. Be sure to keep them in a warm place. Provide plenty of light once seeds have germinated. Young heirloom pepper plants like it to stay warm and will develop well if kept happy.
set banana pepper transplants 12-24″ apart in rows 24-36″ apart in well-drained loam amended with compost. If the soil is low in magnesium, dig in a dusting of Epsom salt. Plant sweet and hot banana pepper varieties as far away from one another as possible to avoid cross-pollination. You can expect sweet banana peppers to have a mildly tangy flavour from cross-pollination.
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