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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