habanero peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Trabuco Canyon, Ca
Question by firetrk
December 12, 2009
what is the best way to starting habanero seeds. Also what soils work the best.


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Answer from NGA
December 12, 2009

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There are many good seed starting mixes available at nurseries or garden centers. They work very well and I would recommend them as there is no mixing, measuring, etc. If you prefer to make your own mixture, go with 1/3 good garden soil (don't go with clay soil as it compacts badly), 1/3 vermiculite or similar growing medium, and 1/3 sand. Hot pepper plants LOVE sand as many varieties originate in areas with sandy soil. Also it provides excellent drainage. Mix all 3 ingredients together very well.

Find a good and warm sunny windowsill. Seedlings prefer at least 6 hours of sunlight, the more the better. Hot pepper seeds need to be coaxed through the germination and transplant stages.

Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep 6 to 10 weeks before your average last last frost. Keep seeds moist, but not soaked, until they germinate. They germinate best above 65 degrees. Ideal is 75 to 85 degrees. Some varieties can take 4 to 6 weeks to germinate. Others can show up in 7 to 10 days. It depends on temperature,sunlight, soil and variety.

Best wishes with your pepper plants!

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