Answer: Your seeds should not need additional chilling to germinate. You can sow them outdoors in March, or start them indoors in January or February for earlier plants. Barely cover seeds with fine soil as they need light to germinate properly. Firm seeds into soil with your hand. Germination may take up to 30 days, depending upon indoor temperature, or in the case of outdoor sowing, various weather factors. Keep seeds moderately moist throughout the germination period.
When outdoor seedlings are 2 to 4 inches high, thin and transplant them to 12 to 18 inches apart. Don't push them too hard with fertilizer and try to keep them moist but not soggy. In warm regions, they will appreciate some protection from the sun, especially during the hot mid-day to afternoon period.
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