The Q&A Archives: How To Start Carnival Mix Pepper Seeds

Question: How do you start the Carnival mix pepper seeds? Do you put two seeds in each container? If so, how do you know that you're putting two in that are the same variety?

Answer: Generally, pepper seeds are started much the same way as other seeds. They should be sown about 1/4" deep into a moist, sterile soilless mix. Provide the seedlings with adequate moisture by bottom watering and a very light misting every now and again. Be sure not to overwater though, a lot of problems can result from that. Also provide good lighting, a fluorescent light suspended over the seedlings at about 1-2" above the seedlings is best. A window sill is OK if not cold, drafty, and you turn them often. Seedlings also need fertilizer, a half strength version of Miracle-Gro works fine. Regarding how many seeds to put in each container... Most folks put several seeds into a container or the cells of a flat at once, and then later on after the seedlings develop their second set of leaves (these are called "true" leaves) thin out the seedlings by snipping off all but one or two of the seedlings at soil level. This insures good air circulation and a lot of room for root development. Later on, you transplant to bigger pots (or the garden) as appropriate. You won't know which seeds are which variety unless the seeds are color coded and I seriously doubt they will be. It will have to remain a mystery...a little gardening adventure!

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