When is the right time to sow peppers?
Sowing peppers before the beginning of March is not worth it. If there is a lack of brightness, the seedlings form weak shoots, the cotyledons of which suffer from a lack of chlorophyll.
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Those who sow peppers in the greenhouse or on the windowsill in good time have several advantages. The plants bloom earlier and deliver pods that are ready for harvest faster. In addition, the pepper seedlings are protected from wind, weather and snail attacks.
What do you need to sow peppers?
- Seed trays or nursery pots
- Cultivation soil or substrate
- germinable pepper seeds
- Mini watering can or spray bottle
- Mini greenhouse or foil
The best start to sowing peppers
You can use yogurt pots, peat pots, or egg cartons. Compostable containers are particularly practical because they can be used to plant the young plants directly later without damaging the root ball. Special seed compost is suitable for filling the vessels. This is finely crumbly and poor in nutrients than potting soil.
The substrate should be moistened, but not dripping wet. Sow peppers in doses by placing 1 to 3 peppers in each container. Peppers are not light germs but dark germs. Therefore, cover the seeds thinly with sieved soil and spray with warm water.
To ensure the required warm, humid climate, place the seedlings in the greenhouse or covered with foil in a south-facing window. The ideal temperature for germination is 25 degrees. Now briefly ventilate the bell pepper seedlings every day to prevent mold formation. And then? Just wait and see ;-).
What to do when the first seedlings sprout
The germination time depends on the quality and external conditions such as light, temperature and humidity. Remove the cover 3 to 4 weeks later when the first pair of cotyledons appear. Now it is important to keep the substrate moist without waterlogging. After the last night frosts, the peppers can be planted in the garden. For this, select the optimal location with sufficient planting distance in good time.
Tips & Tricks
Sort out any seedlings that are weak or malformed. They are not suitable for cultivation. Put powerful young plants a few hours longer outside to harden.