On Apr 20, 2010, DavidinTX from Houston, TX wrote:
It is too early to say but I am quite excited about the results I am seeing from this plant already. Last year I bought some bell pepper plants from Walmart, I cared for them they grew well but produced nothing, yes nothing. Something like that tends to affect your enthusiasm and those plants there aren't cheap, but this is Texas and peppers should have no real problems growing here. I put it partly down to where I bought those plants from and a week of storms which did some damage to some of my plants, although the pepper plants seemed healthy.
This year 2010, undaunted, I decided not to go down the Walmart path, and bring on my own seeds instead. I planted 15 seeds from a packet into a large pot, and waited. For a while there was little sign of anything happening, they were weeks behind my tomatoes and other plants. However in the end they did show up, and right now they are growing bushy and fast, in the past week they have doubled in size.
I planted 15 seeds and got 15 healthy strong plants. Right now they are as big as the plants for sale in Walmart or Home Depot. The leaves are very healthy looking. I'm ready to separate them and see how they grow from here. I'll be doing a little homework and reading there before I proceed, because I am quite inexperienced with peppers. It looks very good at this point. I hope to post some photos and my findings as the season goes on. Forget Walmart, plant the seeds and wait.
I should say that I used what was on hand, my magic gro for tomatoes, I was watering both plant types at the same type and the peppers seem to have responded very well to it. I'm sure there are products more suited to peppers, but the plants seem to like it. I can see me taking peppers much more seriously next year.
On Jan 29, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I grew these peppers last year against Big Dipper. I prefer the Big Dippers over Californina Wonders because the Big Dippers produced larger and more peppers. However, Californina Wonders tasted good and produced well. California Wonders still produced smaller peppers after most of the Big Dippers stopped producing. California Wonders are worth growing and will do well in the south but they may not be the best choice.
On Mar 18, 2005, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
I'm pretty sure this pepper is OP, not a hybrid.
Great productivity, even during excessively wet or very dry summers here. We like to let green peppers ripen at least until they have streaks of orange/red (sweetens the taste), and even with doing that we picked a lot of peppers from these plants!
On Oct 21, 2004, Emaewest from Timberlea, NS (Zone 6a) wrote:
I grow peppers in pots exclusively. California Wonder makes a handsome potted plant that produces firm, tasty peppers. As houseplants, in a south-facing window, mine have produced fruit right through the winter (though the fruits are usually few, small and thin-walled.) Easy to start from seed--also readily available from local garden centers.
On Mar 4, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
There are several modern variations of this old standard bell pepper. The difference lie primarily in performance. This is a blocky (4 x4) green bell which turns red when ripe but used primarily as a green bell. It is widely available and is a good pepper.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Auburn, Alabama Clovis, California Desert View Highlands, California Gold River, California Menifee, California Oceanside, California Pleasanton, California San Jose, California Vincent, California Westbrook, Connecticut Highland Acres, Delaware Bonifay, Florida Pierson, Florida Vero Beach, Florida Augusta, Georgia Hickam Housing, Hawaii Round Lake, Illinois Brookston, Indiana Clarence, Iowa Kansas City, Kansas Benton, Kentucky Bethelridge, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Hindman, Kentucky Independence, Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana Ballenger Creek, Maryland Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Valley Lee, Maryland Boston, Massachusetts Halifax, Massachusetts Johnsonburg, New Jersey Elephant Butte, New Mexico Espanola, New Mexico Binghamton, New York Buffalo, New York Durham, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports) Beckett Ridge, Ohio Felicity, Ohio Vinton, Ohio Eagle Point, Oregon Freemansburg, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Jonesville, South Carolina Hermosa, South Dakota Austin, Texas (2 reports) El Lago, Texas Everman, Texas Freeport, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) Liberty Hill, Texas Round Rock, Texas Fairlawn, Virginia Troy, Virginia Grand Mound, Washington Dousman, Wisconsin Pewaukee, Wisconsin