John Weiland wrote:Catie, It's not clear to me.....are all of your seedling start attempts with these peppers being done in moistened paper towels or in potting mix? As with yourself and several others here, we need to use a heating-mat-for-seedlings to get peppers to germinate and yes, they can take weeks to emerge. We keep them in soil the whole time and keep the 'gro-lights' turned off until they do. They should be moist, but not overwatered since in that warm environment, the mold issue may get worse. And when you say 'warmest window in the house', this is still with the heating mat underneath it for when the sun is not warming the soil, yes? Here's to good luck this year!
Catie George wrote:Thank you Anita!!!
I will try that with a few peppers. .
One of the sources for my grumbling is that I know my eastern European /former Soviet block relatives (who grow fantastic peppers) don't have heat mats. In fact, I think they may start their peppers outdoors under plastic. Obviously, here in Canada the growing season is much shorter, but I really grumble to be tied to a heat mat. I haven't visited them since I started really trying to start my own seeds, and my language skills aren't really up to asking what they do.
Catie George wrote:
The corner cutting method seemed to help, as did buying fresh seed. So I bought more fresh seed this year and will start on heat mats, in a bright window, in a covered container. Half cut corner seeds, half not.
Nobody remind me how many pounds of peppers I can buy during pepper season for the amount I spend on seeds and potting soil, please.