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problems with peppers

Posted by matthew18 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 17, 10 at 19:54

Ive never started any garden vegetables from seed. That said,Ive had germination with everthing except my banana & green peppers?? Not sure what Im doing wrong but they been planted for close to 3 weeks and I dont have any sprouts. I have sprouts for dill,sage,basil, oregano, cantaloupe, tomatoes...but no peppers. Are they common mistakes with peppers? Do they need more heat to germinate? I'm lost

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RE: problems with peppers

Peppers typically do need more heat than other plants. The seeds, unless rotted, are probably just hanging around dormant until they receive the heat they need. About 75 to 80 degrees is a good temp for germination.

Try either a heat mat or a clamp lamp with a heat bulb. With the latter, be careful that the soil doesn't dry out. A heat mat would probably be better as it will heat the soil better.

Hope this helps!


RE: problems with peppers

Need very warm soil temps as Kim said - 85 degrees is even better. But even then peppers are generally very slow to germinate - depends on the variety - which is why the seed packets often read start them 8-12 weeks before planting date.

Boost the soil temp on them and then just be patient.


RE: problems with peppers patient, as i'm in the same painful wait as yourself currently. =) Come on, peppers! lol

RE: problems with peppers

I have an old hospital baby incubator that I set the temperature at 85 and peppers germinate in record time. When they are about an inch high they go into my coldframe. Al

RE: problems with peppers

Hospital baby incubator, now that cool, or rather hot. Where can I find one?

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