Wonder Bell Pepper - Hybrid
(Capsicum annuum var. annuum)

Our growing and taste results for the Wonder Bell pepper are provided below.

Wonder Bell Pepper Hybrid
Wonder Bell Pepper Hybrid

For more detailed step by step instructions for growing the Wonder Bell pepper, visit our growing pepper page.

Seed Genetics:  Hybrid.

Seed Collecting:  Seeds will not come true but can still be collected.  Plant's traits will vary.  Plants may express traits not seen in the hybrid. If you want to prevent crossing with other peppers and even more genetic variation, bag an unopened flower with spun bonded row cover material.  Remove when fruit starts forming.  Mark stem with a string so you can find it later.  Let the fruit fully mature before harvesting.  Air dry seeds prior to storage.

Short Explanation: Hybrid plants are heterogeneous meaning they carry dominant and recessive alleles for traits.  What you see or taste is the effect of the dominant allele.  This is represented by Bb were the B is the dominant trait, say black bean color.  The b represents a recessive trait which, for this example we'll say is brown beans.  Hybrids being Bb make black beans but when you collect their seeds you can get BB, Bb or bb not to mention alleles from other varieties in your garden.  The bb plants will make you brown beans next year, not black.

Fruit:  Green to red.  5 inches long by 4 inches wide.  Blocky bell shape.  Thick walled.
: Really flavorful sweet, tart pepper flavor.  Great green or red.  Not quite as sweet as Tolli's.
:  Fresh, stuffed, grilled, fried or roasted.

Disease Resistance: Good
:  Good
:  70 days (seed company data)  We had our first red pepper in 71 days.
: Above average
: Sweet bell
Plant Shape
: umbrella
Plant Size:

  • Height: ~24 inches
  • Width:  ~20 inches

Wonder Bell pepper was a real winner for all of us fresh pepper eaters.  It won rave reviews from myself, Rebecca, and Michael.  Really adds flavor to salads and sandwiches.  Not just for color.

If you do a search for this hybrid pepper on the net you will also find an heirloom wonder bell.  Its the California Wonder Bell and its not the same pepper.  The hybrid reviewed here is available through Territorial Seed Co.

Life Cycle:
     Zone 8 or lower:  Grow as annual

     Zone 9 or higher:  Perennial

Starting Seed Indoors:

  • Start 8-13 weeks prior to the date you move plants into garden in your area.
  • Planting depth:  1/2 inch
  • 2-3 seeds per 1x1x2" cell (LengthxWidthxDepth).
  • Transplant into pots at 4-6 weeks.  Pots 6" tall work well.

Planting Bed Specs:

  • Soil Temp:  + 65˚F.
  • Hole depth: 8-10 inches.  As a rule of thumb, make the hole 2+ inches deeper than the height of the root ball.  This allows for 1 inch of loose soil above and below the roots.
  • Spacing:  18" apart.
  • Planting depth:  Bury root ball and up to 1" of stem.
  • Tilling:  Optional but does improve drainage and helps roots grow.

Light Requirements:  Full Sun.  Peppers like heat but a string of days in the 90's will often halt blooming and pepper development.  This stress can take a week or more to recover from delaying and reducing harvest.  Woven shade cloth supported above the plants by poles is used by some growers to moderate sun exposure.

Watering:  Without rain, peppers need watered well 1 - 2x per week depending on how hot it is.  Your soil type will also affect water needs.  Carefully observing the plants and how long your soil remains damp is the best way to learn how to manage your unique conditions.  To prevent fungal disease water late morning or early afternoon so the sun will quickly dry the leaves and stems.  If you must water on cool, cloudy days, wet the soil below the plants, ie. keep the leaves dry.