The Q&A Archives: Planting Depths and Germination Times

Question: May I please have any information you have concerning the depth at which I plant seeds for, and the germination times of these varieties of Capsicum frutescens:
Thai Dragon Hybrid
Ring Of Fire
Numex Bailey Piquin
Caribbean Red
Red Habanero
and may I also have the same information for these varieties of Lycopersicum esculentum:
Better Boy Hybrid VFN

Thank you very kindly for your assistance in completeing my garden and germination tables for this year.
Sincerely yours,
Matthew J Maysilles

Answer: Peppers, both sweet and hot, and tomatoes germinate best at a warm soil temperature of about 86 degrees. When started indoors, they should be planted a scant quarter inch deep and the soil should be at least 80 degrees, although a range of 75 to 90 will do. If the soil is cooler it will take longer, so an average time might be a week.

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