The Cheats guide to Germinating Chillies and Pepper Seeds.

14 CommentsFriday, 13 January 2017  |  SimplySeed

Do you think that you haven't got the necessary propagation setup to germinate chilli and pepper seeds successfully? May be you've tried in previous years and failed. Well think again, our seed packets and a nice warm spot are all you need.

What you need:

  • One packet of our chilli seeds - you can reseal them, and they are foil lined did you know!
  • One piece of kitchen roll.
  • A splash of water.
  • A bit of heat.

Then check out our guide below:

2nd January

Take the seed packet and empty out the seeds, than the piece of kitchen roll and fold it to the size that will fit in to seed packet when folded in half. The seeds will be placed on kitchen roll between the two folded sides. Wet the kitchen roll with water and place the seeds on the tissue.

Fold the Kitchen roll in half and place in the empty seed packet, reseal the packet and place somewhere warm, in our case we have a kerosene boiler that heats the house and the top is always a nice warm place, we're pretty sure you'll have somewhere similar in your house if you look. Then leave!

5th January - 3 days after sowing

Ok! So we couldn't leave them and had to take a peek to see what was happening, you see the seeds have absorbed water and start to fill out. Back they went into the packet and back on the boiler top!

12th January - 10 days after sowing!

Success! The seeds have started to germinate, with Chilli Apache that we have here, you'll find they will be spaced over about a 5 days, they won't all come together. We decide to pop them back in the pack overnight.

13th January - 11 days after sowing!

Finally time to sow! we've used a good quality compost and a cell tray with cells around 2cm x 2cm here.

Cover them over with either compost or vermiculite, and water in.

Now place back in a warm space - you will start to see the shoots come through over the next 7 days, make sure the compost doesn't dry out, but do not over water. As the seedlings start coming through move the tray to somewhere in the light to stop them stretching.

NOTE: THIS BLOG POST IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS - AS THE CHILLIES GROW OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, WE'LL ADD TO THIS ARTICLE.

 

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Simon B
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  11:07

That looks exciting, will start my peppers like that and see how it goes.


Helen P
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  11:18

How hot is your heater? warm or very hot? any idea of temperature range? I don't want to boil them.


SimplySeed
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  11:21

Hi Helen,

The top of the heater is just warm, not too hot. You can easily put your hand on it and hold it there.

Like you say you don't want to cook the seeds, but they are ok in temperatures up to 25C.


Terry C
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  11:19

Super tip, thank you.


Terry B
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  12:22

This looks good, I am keen to get started I have a frost free greenhouse and proprietor, which chillies and capsicum do you recommend


SimplySeed
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  12:32

Hi Terry,

It all depends on the heat you like with the chillies, but for most people we recommend growing in pots then they can be moved around and outside during the summer if warm enough.

Chilli wise - You won't go wrong with Apache, Cheyenne, Super Chilli and Gusto Purple.

Pepper wise - we like Diablo and Phoebus ourselves.


Barbara S
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  12:49

Excellent, cost effective.tip, have you tried it with any other seeds?


SimplySeed
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  14:34

Hi Barbara,

We do this with quite a few other varieties, sometimes 1000's seeds at a time. However with the timings being different, i think we'll list them in a separate blog post in the future.


Deanna N
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  13:13

I have something similar for years with both chilli and tomato seeds.


Carol V
Friday, 13 January 2017  |  17:16

I've done something similar with small clear plastic pots with lids, water only no tissue, spaced out. Very successful for canna and geranium seeds. Stops wasting pots, soil and time on seeds that fail to germinate.


Brian G
Wednesday, 18 January 2017  |  9:37

sowed 18 seeds of 3 varietys of sweet peppers all have swollen,and 3 have shoots after 5 days, kept on sideboard 1ft from central heating radiator, seeds at temperature 21 degrees c

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