Michigan Wonder Sweet Bell Pepper

Capiscum anuum

$4.95

18 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/25 oz (approx 100 seeds)
Certified Organic
65 days green, 90 red. If you like green bell peppers, you will love Michigan Wonder – a beautiful pepper with a satisfying crunch! Peppers are blocky and medium sized (4-5” long), with thick walls. Fruits will eventually ripen red, but people really love Michigan Wonder as a green pepper. Experience the delightful snap of this pepper raw in a salad, or cook down the walls to soften the texture and amplify the sweetness. This pepper, originally released in 1939 by Burgess Seed and Plant Co. of Galesburg, MI, is descended from the traditional California Wonder heirloom. Prolific plants are earlier with slightly smaller fruits than the California parent, making Michigan Wonder adaptable to shorter, cooler growing seasons. NN

All peppers are warm-weather loving plants. Sow seeds indoors 3/15-4/1 into good seed starting mix (we recommend Vermont Compost’s Fort Light). Ideal temperature for germination is 80-90° (use heating mat). Days to germination: 6-28. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Be sure seedlings have adequate light (a windowsill will not do for peppers) and keep plants from becoming pot-bound because this will permanently stunt plants. If seedlings are getting too big for their pot but the weather is still too cold outside, transplant them into bigger pots. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil with lots of compost or decomposed manure. If your soil pH is greater than 7 (which is typical of clay soils in Southeast Michigan) add sulfur to acidify soil. Space plants 1 ½ - 2ft apart. If plants begin to flower when plants are less than 1ft tall, hand remove early flowers for 2 weeks until plants are bigger. Stake pepper plants if they begin to fall over.