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chile non-starters!

I’ve attempted many different kinds of chile seeds and the only seed that has started is the poblano that my brother-in-law brought me from Zacatecas. This season, I sowed jalepeno and chile verde seeds and they don’t start. Last season I sowed bell, jal, verde, and about six others with not even a sprout. I collected seed from here, I bought seed… Everybody says chile should start easily, but might have problems later. Does the ground have to be a certain temp? It has been really rainy and a little cooler than normal since sowing, but it’s still above 70F and not below 60F every day. Do I have to build a green house? Anybody know?

Posted almost 8 years ago

I am in scotland and this was my first year growing veggies. I have heard that chillies like to germinate at around 75 – 90f and can take up to six weeks to do so for certain varieties. I started all of my chillies off indoors and kept them there until the weather got a bit better then put them outside in containers. I had 100% germination with mine but I think I was just lucky, have you checked the viability of your seeds? Try laying a few seeds between two wet paper towels to see how many will sprout. Also check that you are not sowing the seeds too deeply – 2-3mm is deep enough. Hope this is of use to you and if not I am sure that one of the other far more experienced folians can help you out :)

Posted almost 8 years ago

In my experience, chiles are slow to germinate in general. They like a nice mild heat source. I have never grown a chile plant from a starter plant, I’ve only germinated them from seed. Some of the seeds I’ve germinated are Bell Peppers, Jalapenos, Habaneros, Chile de Arbol, Cayenne Peppers, and Bhut Jolokia peppers.

The best advice I have for you is:

1) Patience


2) A mild heat source. Some of my successful endeavors at finding a heat source have been:
- Over the pilot on my stove (in between the burners the metal gets nice and warm, even when the stove isn’t in use because the pilots are constantly lit)
- On top of a clothes dryer that is in use
- Above the oven vent when the oven is in use

Of course, a heating mat will work perfectly if you have one or don’t mind investing in one.

Posted almost 8 years ago

Silly me…

…..another heat source that works wonders is to put the seeds in a small amount of soil to germinate, and then stick them behind a closed glass window that gets lots of sun. My cayenne pepper seeds LOVED this!

One more tip: chile seeds LOVE to be soaked in water before being sown.

Posted almost 8 years ago

Thanks minxy and true. I’ll try the soaking next. Maybe it cooled off just enough to slow them way down. Once it stops raining, it’ll be very hot and I’ll try again. And wow! 6 weeks. Time to work on my patience bone.

Because it’s so hot here during most of the year, our house is quite cool inside, usually cooler than outside, and with no sun entering any windows. We have plans to build a green house and it seems from what you’re saying that that will help.

Posted almost 8 years ago

Yes, a greenhouse would definitely help your seeds along. Under the right circumstances, your seeds should sprout within 7 – 10 days.

Posted almost 8 years ago

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