Pepper Problem


I’ve been trying to grow peppers from seeds for weeks. I’ve planted and replanted little pots. No seedlings, nary a one. I’ve had no problem getting tomato seeds to sprout, but peppers? Nope. I finally broke down and bought half a dozen pepper plants yesterday. I will not be defeated!


  1. DancesInGarden says:

    Bottom heat. And remember that peppers take longer to sprout than, say, tomotoes, even though they are both “heat” loving plants. Those plants look good though, nice and green!

  2. beforethedawn says:

    The only peppers we’ve grown from seed were ones that my daughter tossed onto the ground from the fruit we had eaten. Go figure!

  3. Davidsca says:

    I, and two of my farmer friends have been sprouting Carolina Reapers, fish peppers, thais, a few ghost peppers and other varieties.

    Peppers can be sketchy, as I’m sure you know. If you need any proven seeds in the future, drop a line

    Dave S

  4. Marigene says:

    How frustrating…now you just have to worry about the cutworms!

  5. holstein woman says:

    I had the same problem last year until my neighbor clued me in that peppers take about 30 days to germinate. Here we have to cover all heat loving plants if we expect to get fruit. Have a great garden this year.

  6. mamajoseph says:

    Yes.I had this same problem and my dad told me the soil temp needs to be at least 85F in order for peppers to sprout. We stuck our trays on top of the stove or hot water heater. It worked. We were living in the mountains and it was the only way it ever worked for us.

  7. JK Newsome says:

    I have the same issue, I read where it helps to put the seeds between layers of wet paper towels then on top of fridge. When they sprout, then put them in seedling containers, then when large enough, the garden… better be good peppers after all that 🙂

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