This is how to start growing peppers from seed indoors.
You should plant peppers about six to eight weeks before you transplant them outdoors.
Are you ready to plant? First we get our stuff together.
You will need.
- Seed starting soil. (Seed starting soil is sterilized so your seedlings don’t get sick.)
- Sterilized or new pots.
- Labels (unless you are only starting one kind of seed)
- Water (in a tray or sink to bottom water, or a spray bottle)
- A place to plant your seeds (potting bench, or table, or a large tray so you don’t get soil all over)
- A pencil ( to use as a small dibble to make holes in the soil, and write out the labels)
- Milled sphagnum moss (not always necessary but a thin layer on top of the soil helps prevent damping off)
Caution: If you smoke tobacco wash your hands before handling the pepper seeds to prevent your plants from getting tobacco mosaic.
OK lets get the stuff together!
First fill the pots.
Then pack the soil, but not to tight.
Now the pot is ready.
Now I’ll use the pencil as a dibble to make holes in the soil. Two holes in each section about 1/4 inch (.635 cm) deep. Two holes for two seeds in case one doesn’t grow.
Now the holes are made.
Lets get the seeds.
Now we get some pepper seeds out to plant.
One seed in each hole.
Now the seeds are covered with soil.
Next a small layer of milled sphagnum moss is added to help prevent damping off. An old flour sifter works great for this.
Now it’s time for a label.
Place it in the pot.
Now it’s time to water our pepper seeds.
I like to place them in a tray of water.
You can also use a spray bottle, just be gentle so you don’t wash out the pepper seeds.
Now the pepper seeds are watered.
Take the pepper seed pot out and place it in a warm place with good light to germinate and grow. I put them on my plant stand.
Now they can germinate and grow until transplant time outside.
Peppers like warm soil, so it’s best to wait until after the last frost date in your area you may want to wait a week or so longer if the weather is cool. If your plants start to get to big before the weather is warm enough, transplant them to a larger pot.
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