If you are a starter in growing pepper, you should choose the kind of pepper wisely. The germination time varies depending on the varieties of pepper you use. Pepper seeds like Trinidad and Fatalii are sickening to germinate. You would soon get frustrated and disappointed with them and also demotivated. In my case, I started with bell pepper ‘Early Crisp,’ ‘False Alarm,’ and also Jalape-o variety. These were pleasing and inspiring. As a guideline, sweet peppers take about 7 to 21 days to germinate, whereas chili peppers often take about 14 to 40 days.
For faster germination, different techniques make germinating pepper seeds easier, speeding them up. reading about how to germinate pepper seeds fast may make it a lot easier for you. give it a read at least.
Where you live is also a factor for the germination process.
If it is warm all year-round, then you may sow your seeds into your pepper garden directly. Or else you shall preserve them in 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. Pepper seeds used to grow in tropical regions. They need to be warm to germinate, or else they might rot or fail to germinate. It is risky to germinate pepper indoors, and hence you need to use heating mats or somehow ensure proper temperatures if you are living in a cold climate.
Well, when you are all ready to start with, let’s start with the real part of it. You will find several different methods of germinating the pepper seeds. You can grow seeds in Flats, in Paper Towels, Greenhouse methods, in soil, pots, or even more.
Let’s begin with the soil and tray method
Some seeds are trouble to germinate. They have to be soaked overnight in warm water or Saltpeter. In this case, beware of birds. The Saltpeter attracts birds that feed on hot pepper.
Germination of Pepper Seeds in Flats
It is one of the best, but a little more complicated process. You need an excellent Jump Start Germination Station with a heating mat for the proper temperature of your seeds to germinate. It also comes with a dome that helps reduce the loss of moisture due to evaporation.
Not every soil you use is healthy for your seeds. To improve your germination process, you need a nice Potting Mix. It would create your required environment for a faster and healthier germination process.
The things I mentioned above, you can quickly get them around you. Look for them in some local store or nursery.
After you have well understood the process, let’s jump to the next.
The Paper Towel
It is known to be one of the most known methods of all among my readers. Every new guy in pepper seed germination is curious to learn about this paper towel method of germinating pepper seeds.
You need to get rid of the chlorine from your water to get started. Then you need to gather some gardening gloves, re-seal-able bags, and paper towels. The next step is to spray the paper towel to dampen. Or you may sink it in water and wring it properly to saturate it, and it stops dripping any extra water. Sprinkle the seeds evenly on the paper towels and fold them over gently. To keep going, you need to keep them in the bags, make sure they can hold moisture, and also let enough oxygen in. You know the seeds need to respire too for the germination process.
Place your set up in some warm place with the mentioned optimum temperature. Soon you will notice a small sprout out of your pepper seeds, Hurrah! Then you may transfer them to an indoor soil or greenhouse.
For a slightly warm weather area, a greenhouse is a good option. It will help to keep the seeds warm at the time of germination.
Directly into the soil
You can direct sow seeds into the land if the weather is warm. But the temperature must be at least 60 to 70 degrees. In that case, you can use a soil thermometer to measure the temperature.
Growing indoors in peat pots, then moving them outdoors is another method. You can also transplant them along with the weeds and the roots will grow into the soil through the containers. It is an advantage of planting pepper seeds in peat pots.
Way to dry pepper seeds
Drying and storing is a suitable method for the improvement of germination rate. You can dry them in warm weather, having low humidity, or you can use desiccant crystals. Desiccant crystals speed up the process. You can also spread them on a plate and set the plate in a dry, warm area. It is a natural process of drying the pepper seeds. It will take about one week. After the seeds are dry, preserve them in a cold environment.
At the end
I hope you all have known a good number of methods about how to germinate pepper seeds fast. Try them out. Tell your friends about your favorite process.