No Plants From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Millville, NJ
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Question by LeslieB105
June 15, 2001
I planted the whole burpee seed packet of carnival mix peppers inside in April in starting soil. I followed the directions on the packet & I only got 3 plants from the whole packet. Is this normal or should I have gotten more plants?

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2001
I'm sorry you had such low germination. You should have gotten more plants. Peppers can be difficult to germinate in that they need a warm soil temperature, warmer than the typical home. For this reason some gardeners will use a special heating mat or other source of bottom heat to try to optimize the growing conditions. Other seed starting tips would include using a dampened soilless mix, seeding lightly, water lightly once, then cover the pot with clear plastic to maintain humidity and set it in a bright and warm location (but out of direct sun) until the seeds germinate. Once they germinate in a week or so, remove the cover and place in a very bright location, preferably under lights or in a greenhouse.

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