An early point in time is of the utmost importance
Only if the sowing takes place in February or March, this results in a rich harvest in summer and autumn. Typically, chillies take 60, 90 or 120 days from planting to maturity.
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Raise the germination mood and sow properly
In order for a seed to awaken from its dormant state, warmth and moisture are required. If the seeds swim in lukewarm salt water for 1 or 2 days, this premise is fulfilled.
Fill a seed tray or seed pots (€ 14.90 at Amazon *) with nutrient-poor soil. In it, sow the seeds 2 cm apart in pre-drilled holes 2-3 mm deep. Then sieve over thinly and moisten with a fine effervescent water.
Create an ideal microclimate
Native to South and Central America, chili loves warmth. The following framework conditions promote rapid germination:
- constant temperatures of 25 to 27 degrees Celsius.
- partially shaded location on the windowsill.
- A warm and humid microclimate in a mini greenhouse or under a cling film.
An insulating styrofoam plate or a special heating mat effectively prevent 'cold feet'. The cooler the environment, the longer the germination process takes. If the mercury column sinks below 10 degrees Celsius, in the worst case, it stays off completely.
Water well and do not fertilize
With various types of chilli, it takes more than 14 days to grow from seed to seedling. To prevent the seeds from drying out, they are moistened repeatedly. Waterlogging must not arise. However, there is no fertilization in this phase.
Seedlings want to see the light
If the cotyledons protrude, the hunger for light increases. Ideally, you should place your charges at the sunny south window. If they present themselves as poor seedlings in spite of an advantageous location, a fluorescent plant lamp (€ 28.43 at Amazon *) works wonders in the dark season.
After 2 to 4 weeks the young chilli plants get too tight. If they are then pricked out in individual pots, the seedlings thank them with a strong root ball and vital growth.
Tips & Tricks
If the seeds do not want to decide to germinate at all, simply use a tried and tested trick. A teaspoon of guano (€ 10.44 on Amazon *) is dissolved in a glass of warm water. Soak the seeds in it overnight before sowing.