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Growing Hot Chile Peppers — Seed Starting

Growing Hot Peppers from Seed: Helmet Heads

Justin White Growing tips Seed Starting

Growing Hot Peppers from Seed: Helmet Heads

If you grow peppers from seeds or probably about any plant you are likely to get some helmet heads sometimes.  This is when the seed is stuck on the cotyledons.  Normally and ideally the seed coat will remain under the soil as the seedling grows out of it.  Sometimes though they are stuck.   There is a few things that can help some with this but no guarantees.  Soaking the seeds for a day or more before planting seems to help some.  It gets the seed thoroughly wet and can soften it a bit.  Planting a little deeper maybe around 3/8...

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Growing Hot Peppers from Seed: Starting Pepper seeds using paper towel in bag method

Justin White Seed Starting

Growing Hot Peppers from Seed:  Starting Pepper seeds using paper towel in bag method

Starting hot pepper seeds in a wet paper towel enclosed in a ziploc bag has been the most reliable method for me over the years.   I have been using this method since I first started growing hot chili peppers in 2002.  I find it provides the best germination rates and quickest germination times.  Many people do not use or like this method, but it is just what works best for me.  I have limited space and equipment so I don't have a climate controlled grow tent etc.   The first step I always do is soaking the seeds.  I use...

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