The Q&A Archives: Germinating Sweet Pepper Seeds

Question: Thank you for your previous answers. I have had trouble the last couple of years getting multicolored bell peppers seeds, and sweet yellow pepper seeds, to germinate. All other seeds that I plant do come up. The bell pepper come from various sources, and the yellow pepper come from Italian Seed Co. They are packed for the current year when I plant. I planted the yellow ones in cool weather and warm weather. I will also call Italian Seeds for an answer. The bell pepper seeds are from Burpee. Thank you.

Answer: Sweet peppers, like tomatoes and melons, like warm growing conditions. Starting your seeds too early, when soil and air temperatures are cool, will retard or even stop the seeds from germinating all together. You can start seeds outdoors when temperatures remain above 60F, or start them indoors where you can control the air temperatures and then plant them outdoors when nighttime temperatures remain above 55F. The optimum germinating temperature for peppers is 70-80F and the seeds are erratic - some will sprout in 8 days, others will take up to 25 days so you'll need to exercise some patience. Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep and keep them uniformly moist. Hope this information is helpful!

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